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Supreme Court will make guidelines on ‘death penalty’, case sent to a bench of 5 judges


oi-Love Gaur


Published: Monday, September 19, 2022, 13:45 [IST]

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New Delhi, 19 September: The Supreme Court is considering the death penalty. For this, the Supreme Court on Monday sent a petition seeking suo motu cognizance on framing the guidelines to a five-judge Constitution Bench. The court said in what circumstances and when the death penalty can be considered for commutation. Now a bench of 5 judges will decide on this matter.

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A bench headed by Justice UU Lalit decided to lay down guidelines for examining the process of capital punishment. A bench headed by Chief Justice Uday Umesh Lalit said that it is of the opinion that the matter needs to be heard by a larger bench for clarity and uniform approach, when an accused faces death penalty as the maximum punishment. It is necessary to be heard in respect of the circumstances mitigating the situation.

A bench headed by the Chief Justice had reserved its verdict on August 17. Justice S Ravindra Bhat, while pronouncing the verdict, said that the matter should be placed before the CJI for orders in this regard. He had said that the death penalty is irreversible and the accused should be given ample opportunity to commute the sentence so that the court can conclude that the death penalty is not warranted.

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The Supreme Court had taken suo motu cognizance of the matter and observed that there is an urgent need to ensure that the circumstances reducing the punishment for offenses which carry the death penalty are considered at the trial stage itself.

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english summary

Supreme Court referred to 5 judge Constitution bench suo motu plea on framing of death penalty guidelines

Story first published: Monday, September 19, 2022, 13:45 [IST]

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