Reforms in structural sentencing policy pending from a long time
As per the death warrant issued by Sessions Court, the execution of the warrant is scheduled for February 1, 2020, at 6 am.
“Deterrence is one of the avowed objects of penology and commutation of such sentence would defeat the legislative intent to give death penalty” in exceptional cases
The death penalty is another method of policing vulnerable communities and is symptomatic of what the current criminal justice system already is. All aspects of the criminal justice system are politically tinted, such as, who is to be arrested and investigated, who is likely to be unrepresented or poorly represented at trial, who the judge thinks is more likely to have committed the crime and deserves punishment, and whether the mercy petition is considered or not.
The bench comprising of the Chief Justice Dipak Misra, and Justices R Banumathi and Ashok Bhushan, found no grounds in the petition which would have invoked the Court’s review jurisdiction as per Article 137 of the Constitution read in consonance with Order XLVII, Rule 1 of the Supreme Court Rules, 2013.