“Article 72 of the Constitution mentions the power of President to grant pardons, etc., and to suspend, remit or commute sentences in certain cases...these 22 Sikh prisoners undertake to abide by all the terms and conditions as per lay down by law..." the letter said.
The amendment bill on chain snatching proposed to introduce new sections in the Indian Penal Code to enhance punishment for the offence to a minimum of five years’ and maximum of 10 years’ imprisonment and a fine of Rs 25,000.
Freedom to discuss, dissent and disagree should be welcomed in polity, President Kovind said. "But violence has no place in our Constitution. It would be appropriate if we could give some thought to this at a Festival of Democracy."
As part of government’s move to give impetus to local products under its “one district, one product” scheme, it will, on the same day, sign a memorandum of understanding with e-commerce website Amazon.
Chartered accountants are both facilitators of taxpayers and of the taxation system as well as watchdogs of public trust, the President Kovind said, adding that in many respects, a tax system is “only as complicated as you want to make it”.