Mental Treatment Act, 1945

Absence on parole.

204.—(1) The chief medical officer of a mental institution may permit a person detained in such institution who is not dangerous to himself or others to be absent from such institution on parole for any period not exceeding forty-eight hours.

(2) In sub-section (1) of this section the reference to a chief medical officer shall, where the relevant mental institution consists of premises for the reception of one person only, be construed as a reference to the medical attendant of the person detained.

(3) Where a person absent on parole under this section from a mental institution does not return on the expiration of the period during which he is permitted to be absent, he may at any time within twenty-eight days after the expiration of such period be retaken in like manner as if he had escaped from such institution.