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Mental health report must before giving the death sentence: Supreme Court

The court directed the state to compile information on the age, family background, criminal antecedents, educational qualification, and other details, of the accused.
The goal of reformative punishment requires systems that actively enable reformation and rehabilitation, said Supreme Court (Archive)
The goal of reformative punishment requires systems that actively enable reformation and rehabilitation, said Supreme Court (Archive)
Updated on May 24, 2022 02:06 AM IST
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ByAbraham Thomas

Relief for second Indian-Malaysian condemned to death by Singapore

  • Datchinamurthy Kataiah, 36, was scheduled to be hanged Friday, just two days after the execution of a Malaysian man that sparked an international outcry because he was believed to be mentally disabled.
Lawyer M. Ravi, who earlier represented Datchinamurty, said the Court of Appeal allowed a stay of execution pending a legal challenge on May 20. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Lawyer M. Ravi, who earlier represented Datchinamurty, said the Court of Appeal allowed a stay of execution pending a legal challenge on May 20. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published on Apr 28, 2022 06:02 PM IST
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Leaked evidence discussed on TV interferes with trial, says SC

The court’s observations were made on Tuesday as it acquitted four people accused of committing dacoity at a Bengaluru residence in 1999. Although a trial court in Karnataka awarded death penalty to the accused in 2010, the Karnataka high court in 2017 commuted the punishment to life sentence.
As per law, the statement recorded by police on a DVD was in the nature of a confession to an officer and carried no evidentiary value. (File photo)
As per law, the statement recorded by police on a DVD was in the nature of a confession to an officer and carried no evidentiary value. (File photo)
Updated on Apr 21, 2022 01:27 AM IST
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ByAbraham Thomas, New Delhi

Supreme Court commutes death sentence to allow rape convict’s reformation

  • The convict was sentenced to death by a trial court in Seoni, Madhya Pradesh for causing murder (Section 302) although he was charged and convicted under various provisions of rape (Section 376) of the IPC as well as relevant sections of the POCSO.
Taking into consideration the brutal nature of the crime, the Supreme Court bench was open to the convict’s death sentence being commuted to a life sentence. (ANI)
Taking into consideration the brutal nature of the crime, the Supreme Court bench was open to the convict’s death sentence being commuted to a life sentence. (ANI)
Updated on Apr 21, 2022 01:11 AM IST
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ByAbraham Thomas, New Delhi

Ahmedabad blast: Highly skilled, 'man-eater leopard' | Court's 5 observations

The court in its order said there is no jail in the country which can keep them forever and releasing them will be like releasing a man-eater leopard in public.
Forensic experts collecting evidence from a blast site outside the Civil Hospital in Ahmedabad. The photo was taken on July 27, 2008. (AFP)
Forensic experts collecting evidence from a blast site outside the Civil Hospital in Ahmedabad. The photo was taken on July 27, 2008. (AFP)
Published on Feb 20, 2022 10:33 AM IST
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