The amendment will apply retroactively, thus commuting the sentences for many of the 5,300 inmates currently on death row for drug trafficking. Under the new bill, the punishment for those already convicted and given the death penalty or life in prison, other than those meeting the new execution requirements, will be commuted to up to 30 years in jail and a cash fine.
The Death Penalty Research Project, undertaken by researchers at the National Law University in Delhi, found that over 80 per cent of prisoners facing capital punishment had not completed school and nearly half had begun working before the age of 18.
His short speech on capital punishment prompted Congress MP Jairam Ramesh to ask how Swamy could make a speech without making any allegations.
Mir Quasem, 63, is a member of central executive committee of the Jamaat, the largest Islamist party in Bangladesh, and is one of its most powerful leaders as he is believed to be the chief financier of the party.
Since 2007 both India and Germany has been negotiating to sign the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty in criminal matters but has not been able to reach a conclusion due to Berlin’s strong reservation to the provision of death penalty in Indian law.
Officials are of the opinion that time has not come yet to do away with capital punishment as threat of terrorism to India continues.
The experts also welcomed the decision to reduce the number of crimes subject to death penalty by China.
Sudden decision on Guru was purely political, says former Delhi High Chief Justice.
The Uphaar judgment shows there are lacunae in understanding the basic premises of the rule of law.
Law Commission provides a frail reason for carving out the terror exception vis-a-vis the death penalty.
Differentiating between terror and other cases for death penalty is unsustainable.
It would be interesting to see what how the Supreme Court responds to the Commission’s view with regard to “rarest of rare” doctrine.
Union Law Secretary P K Malhotra said that if ‘implications’ keep getting waived, then law would ‘cease of exist’.
In its 272-page draft report, the commission favoured speedy abolition of the death penalty from the statute books, except in cases where the accused is convicted of involvement in a terror case or waging war against the nation.
Nation after nation has abolished the death penalty. India must summon the moral courage to follow them.