The Quality Of Mercy

Pranab Mukherjee’s troubling record on clemency for death-row convicts

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Amartya Kanjilal
Guilty. What Next? – How Courts Decide Between Life Imprisonment and Capital Punishment

While making judgments, courts are supposed to go beyond the crime committed to gather a holistic picture of the accused’s life.

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Should we do away with Capital Punishment?

Crimes are as much about social failure as individual responsibility. Justice must be tempered by this reality

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Anup Surendranath
Hard cases and good law

An apex court order has thrown light on appreciating mitigating evidence before sentencing death penalty

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Conditions in Death Row Are a Recipe For Mental Health Disasters

In addition to being kept in solitary confinement despite Supreme Court guidelines to the contrary, death row prisoners have little to no access to any sort of mental health facilities.

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Himanshu Agarwal
Except terror

Law Commission provides a frail reason for carving out the terror exception vis-a-vis the death penalty.

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Anup Surendranath
Justice or vengeance?

The procedure followed to obtain a death warrant for Mumbai blasts convict Yakub Memon suffers from serious constitutional flaws. If seen through, it will set a very wrong precedent.

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Lubhyathi Rangarajan
Acquitted, But Irreparably Broken

Adambhai Suleiman Ajameri, Muslim: accused of involvement in the Akshardham Temple case: 2002. Acquitted in May 2014

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Chinmay Kanojia
Mercy and the machinery of death

The Supreme Court judgments in the Shatrughan Chauhan and Murugan cases are a significant victory for a fair administration of the death penalty.

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Anup Surendranath
Redeeming the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has taken the position that it cannot be expected to abandon its role of being the guardian of the fundamental rights of all persons within the territory of India

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Anup Surendranath
Supreme Court’s judgement on death penalty a humane approach

The judgement commuting death of 15 convicts in Shatrughan Chauhan vs Union of India case, seeks to correct the re-emergence of death penalty

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Anup Surendranath
Death is entirely discriminatory

A life term for Kodnani and the hangman’s noose for Kasab show the arbitrariness in the judicial administration of capital punishment

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Anup Surendranath
Succumbing to the bogey of fear

In the Bhullar case, the Supreme Court has created a category of ‘terrorists’ among those sentenced to death without providing a constitutional basis for it

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Anup Surendranath