Nirbhaya: Convicts taking system for a ride under garb of Article 21; It’s time to review judicial process

nirbhaya-hangmanThe acts of Nirbhaya convicts in exploring loopholes in the judicial process and taking the system for a ride has taught officials that there is a need to address these loopholes, lest convicts continue to exploit them.

The Supreme Court made some telling observations, while stating that convicts on a death row were exploiting procedural loopholes to either avoid or delay executions. It is extremely important for death penalty to attain a finality, a Bench headed by Chief Justice of India, SA Bobde said.

The Bench was indirectly referring to the Nirbhaya case in which the convicts were filing continuous and separate petitions. The court said that the finality of a death sentence is extremely important. Recent events have shown that, and one cannot go on fighting endlessly on this, the court also noted.

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Author: Vicky Nanjappa

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