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Krishna Iyer lauds order on death sentence

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V.R. Krishna Iyer
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V.R. Krishna Iyer

Former Supreme Court judge V.R. Krishna Iyer has commended the Supreme Court’s January 21 judgment that held that inordinate delay on the part of the President in taking a decision on a clemency petition submitted by a convict sentenced to death would entitle the victim to commutation of the death sentence to life term.

In a letter to Chief Justice P. Sathasivam, who led a bench comprising Justice R. Gogoi and Justice Shiva Kirti Singh, the distinguished jurist said he was deeply touched by the judgment that could save a number of lives.

“They suffered torture and agony with a pending death sentence … Years passed and their plea was pending before the President. A Bench of the Supreme Court which you were presiding appreciated the unbearable agony of a death sentence pending against them,” he added.

He appreciated the humane concern showed by the Bench for their suffering, realising their distress. He termed it “a remarkable display of judicial compassion…”

“Your concern for the distress of the victims of death sentence was justice and mercy. Here for the first time the suffering of the [convicts facing the] death sentences moved the heart of the court and it found these years of delay as an agony sufficient to commute death sentence into life imprisonment.” He said the “stock of mercy” was “a rare expression of clemency jurisdiction.”


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It is a a perverse thing to show 'mercy' and 'compassion' to commute
the death sentence to life imprisonment when you are not the affected
Show 'mercy' when it is your near and dear one who are murdered
you morons not when some one else is bereaved.
It is like killing someone else and claiming that you made the
ultimate sacrifice
from:  ravishankar
Posted on: Feb 1, 2014 at 13:17 IST

Excellent. Everyone agrees that the inordinate delay by the President entitles death sentence to be commuted to life term. It is a great victory for the criminals who engage in mass killing and get away by delaying the hanging. There are various reasons for delaying the hanging , mainly new evidence may surface during the waiting period which will set the criminal free or some other thing. So the fall out of this SC action will be that the Gov will now quickly hang the criminal without giving much time to appeal or to escape somehow and the case will be closed sooner. It will be really a victory for the law makers .

from:  daisydoe
Posted on: Feb 1, 2014 at 00:34 IST
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