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KUlbhushan Jadhav was arrested in 2016 in Balochistan on charges of espionage, and sentenced to death by a military court the following year. India has rubbished the charges levelled against Jadhav and said he was kidnapped by Pakistani operatives from the Iranian port of Chabahar. (File Photo)

Address ‘core issues’ in Kulbhushan Jadhav case, India tells Pakistan

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 08, 2020 09:53 PM IST
Earlier this week, India missed a second deadline set by the Islamabad high court to appoint a lawyer to Jadhav for filing the appeal. Islamabad has said he can be represented only by Pakistani lawyers whereas New Delhi has insisted on appointing an Indian lawyer or a Queen’s Counsel.
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Omar Saeed Sheikh was convicted in 2002 for abducting and killing journalist Daniel Pearl in Karachi(Getty Images)
Omar Saeed Sheikh was convicted in 2002 for abducting and killing journalist Daniel Pearl in Karachi(Getty Images)

Omar Sheikh’s death sentence for US journalist’s murder overturned by Pak court

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 02, 2020 12:17 PM IST
Omar Sheikh is expected to walk out free soon since he has already spent 18 years in jail. The Pakistan court had commuted his death sentence to 7 years in prison
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The four convicts in Delhi gang rape case. (HT photo)
The four convicts in Delhi gang rape case. (HT photo)

Dummy executions done, Tihar officials say prepared to hang Dec 16 convicts

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 19, 2020 06:47 AM IST
The families of three of the four death row convicts had met them in the recent days, which could possibly be their last meetings. Only Akshay’s family members, who live in Muzaffarpur in Bihar, have not met him.
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Aurangabad police said Thakur worked as a cleaner of the bus and he was arrested on December 21, 2012, from his village.(HT Photo)
Aurangabad police said Thakur worked as a cleaner of the bus and he was arrested on December 21, 2012, from his village.(HT Photo)

Delhi gang-rape convict’s wife files for divorce over stigma

By Avinash Kumar | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON MAR 17, 2020 05:38 PM IST
Three other convicts of the case have now approached the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for a stay on their hanging.
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Judge refuses to stop execution of 4 Delhi gangrape convicts, gets another plea

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 02, 2020 06:20 PM IST
A court on January 7, 2020, issued the death warrant against four convicts and scheduled their execution on January 22. The execution date was postponed twice, first to February 1 and then to March 3 due to the convicts not having exhausted their remedies.
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The Supreme Court on Thursday stayed the hanging of a man convicted and sentenced to death for the rape and murder of a three-year-old girl in Surat(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
The Supreme Court on Thursday stayed the hanging of a man convicted and sentenced to death for the rape and murder of a three-year-old girl in Surat(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

SC stays death warrant in Gujarat rape-murder case

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 21, 2020 12:45 AM IST
Anil Surendrasingh Yadav was sentenced to death by a special court in July 2019 under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, or POCSO.
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The directions were given by the apex court on February 12 by way of an office order issued by the court on its administrative side.(Sonu Mehta/HT File PHOTO)
The directions were given by the apex court on February 12 by way of an office order issued by the court on its administrative side.(Sonu Mehta/HT File PHOTO)

Supreme Court tweaks rules to fast-track appeals in death row cases

By Murali Krishnan | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 15, 2020 01:37 AM IST
The order states that as soon as an appeal involving a death penalty is filed, a communication will be sent to the concerned high court by the Supreme Court registry calling for the original records of the case within sixty days. This includes translation of documents which are in vernacular language.
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Mahipal Singh being taken to the police station. (Praveen Kumar/HT Photo)
Mahipal Singh being taken to the police station. (Praveen Kumar/HT Photo)

PSO held guilty of killing judge’s family, sentence on Friday

By Leena Dhankhar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 08, 2020 04:07 PM IST
Charges were framed against Mahipal Singh under sections 302 (murder) and 201(destruction of evidence) of the Indian Penal Code and Section 27 of the Arms Act on January 9, 2019, for the double murder
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Nurses wear masks and gloves to avoid spreading infection at the intensive care unit (ICU) of the Government Medical College in Ernakulam, Kerala.(courtesy mansi thapliy)
Nurses wear masks and gloves to avoid spreading infection at the intensive care unit (ICU) of the Government Medical College in Ernakulam, Kerala.(courtesy mansi thapliy)

The growing peril of drug-resistant superbugs

By Priyanka Pulla | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 05, 2020 09:25 PM IST
Many in India face a similar fate – they get admitted to hospitals with seemingly treatable illnesses, only to contract HAIs caused by superbugs.
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Delhi Court explained the legal rationale for staying the execution in its detailed order on Friday(Representative Photo)
Delhi Court explained the legal rationale for staying the execution in its detailed order on Friday(Representative Photo)

In ten-page order, judge explains why staying gang rape convicts’ hanging was necessary

By Richa Banka | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 31, 2020 07:46 PM IST
The mother of the 2012 Delhi gang rape victim expressed her anguish after the execution of the death warrant was stayed by the court and feared that it may be delayed indefinitely. She asked the government to order the carrying out of the hanging.
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Asha Devi, mother of the gangrape victim speaks after the execution of the rape convicts was stayed(ANI Photo)
Asha Devi, mother of the gangrape victim speaks after the execution of the rape convicts was stayed(ANI Photo)

‘Convicts will never be executed’: Mother of the Delhi gang rape victim breaks down

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 05, 2020 11:54 PM IST
Asha Devi’s reaction follows a Delhi court decision to stay the execution of Delhi gang rape convicts on Friday evening till further orders. The convicts were supposed to be hanged on February 1.
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Akshay Thakur on his way to court in Delhi in this file photo.(Sonu Mehta/Hindustan Times)
Akshay Thakur on his way to court in Delhi in this file photo.(Sonu Mehta/Hindustan Times)

Supreme Court to hear Delhi gang rape convict Akshay Thakur’s plea seeking to commute death sentence

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 30, 2020 09:30 AM IST
Akshay has questioned why the alternative of life imprisonment without parole until the end of natural life was foreclosed in his case.
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Gangsters Chhota Rajan, Neeraj Bawana and Bihar’s Mohd Shahabuddin are currently lodged in Tihar jail.(HT archive)
Gangsters Chhota Rajan, Neeraj Bawana and Bihar’s Mohd Shahabuddin are currently lodged in Tihar jail.(HT archive)

December 16 gang rape convicts in Tihar Jail on suicide watch

By Prawesh Lama | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 25, 2020 06:45 AM IST
Prison officials said on condition of anonymity that Mukesh Singh (32), Pawan Kumar Gupta (25), Akshay Thakur (31) and Vinay Sharma (26), who were moved on January 16 to Tihar’s Jail No 3, where the death sentence will be carried out, are on “suicide watch” the likes of which Tihar has never seen before.
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The Supreme Court in 2019 pronounced the highest number of decisions (27) in death penalty cases since 2001(Amal KS/HT File PHOTO)
The Supreme Court in 2019 pronounced the highest number of decisions (27) in death penalty cases since 2001(Amal KS/HT File PHOTO)

Decoding six death warrants of 2019: How courts dealt with execution sentences

By Murali Krishnan | Hindustan times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 19, 2020 11:49 AM IST
A death warrant sets a date for the hanging of a death row convict and is one of the final steps in the execution of a convict. It is usually issued after a convict has exhausted all legal remedies.
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The four convicts were brought to the court around 3.25pm and were back in Jaipur central jail around 4.40pm after the sentencing. (ANI Photo)
The four convicts were brought to the court around 3.25pm and were back in Jaipur central jail around 4.40pm after the sentencing. (ANI Photo)

Court sentences 4 to death in Jaipur serial blasts case

By Jaykishan Sharma | Hindustan Times, Jaipur
UPDATED ON DEC 21, 2019 08:48 AM IST
Seventy one people were killed in a series of nine bomb blasts that ripped through the Walled City on May 13, 2008.
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A special court in Pakistan has sentenced the country’s former military ruler, Pervez Muharraf, to death. While opposing the sentence, the military said Mr Musharraf can never be a traitor(Hindustan Times)
A special court in Pakistan has sentenced the country’s former military ruler, Pervez Muharraf, to death. While opposing the sentence, the military said Mr Musharraf can never be a traitor(Hindustan Times)

The judiciary-military tangle in Pakistan

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 18, 2019 07:25 PM IST
Its different power centres are asserting themselves. There is uncertainty ahead
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SC orders status quo on Bhullar’s release on Guru Purb

By Indo-Asian News Service | Hindustan Times, New Delhi, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON DEC 17, 2019 11:39 PM IST
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Hawara acquitted in 95’ RDX recovery case

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Ludhiana
PUBLISHED ON NOV 23, 2019 01:26 AM IST
Apart from RDX, police had recovered an AK 56 rifle, one wireless walkie-talkie from near Budhhah Nullah in Kundanpuri area allegedly on the disclosure of Hawara after his arrest in a bomb blast case on December 23, 1995
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One of the cardinal principles that has evolved over time is that the death penalty is to be awarded taking into account not only the nature of the crime, but also, the character of the convict(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
One of the cardinal principles that has evolved over time is that the death penalty is to be awarded taking into account not only the nature of the crime, but also, the character of the convict(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

Why the Supreme Court must rethink capital punishment

By Gautam Bhatia
UPDATED ON OCT 18, 2019 07:34 PM IST
It is the only form of punishment where human subjectivity and human error can never be atoned for
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The decision to release eight Sikh prisoners and commute the death sentence of Balwant Singh Rajoana, the main conspirator in the 1995 assassination of former Punjab CM Beant Singh, is the culmination of various key steps
The decision to release eight Sikh prisoners and commute the death sentence of Balwant Singh Rajoana, the main conspirator in the 1995 assassination of former Punjab CM Beant Singh, is the culmination of various key steps

India moves to assuage Sikhs, derail Pakistan’s Khalistan and Kashmir plan

By Shishir Gupta | New Delhi, Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON SEP 30, 2019 08:33 AM IST
Officials said that this follows close on the heels of the virtual eradication of a 35-year-old “black list” that prevented 312 members of the Sikh community holding foreign passports from travelling to India due to their alleged role during the militant Khalistan movement in Punjab.
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Remission of sentence is usually granted to deserving prisoners on specials days such as Independence and Republic days for unblemished behaviour as an inmate.(PTI image)
Remission of sentence is usually granted to deserving prisoners on specials days such as Independence and Republic days for unblemished behaviour as an inmate.(PTI image)

Relief for death row prisoner, 8 others on 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev

By HT Correspondent | New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 28, 2019 05:07 PM IST
Also, to commemorate 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi so far 1424 prisoners have been released by states and Union Territories in 2 phases (2nd Oct 2018 & 6th April 2019). Third phase of release is due on 2nd Oct 2019.
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Rajasthan courts sentenced two men accused in two separate cases involving minors to death and life terms.(Representative Photo)
Rajasthan courts sentenced two men accused in two separate cases involving minors to death and life terms.(Representative Photo)

POCSO court awards death sentence to man for raping, murdering minor

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Jaipur
UPDATED ON SEP 27, 2019 03:58 PM IST
Rajasthan POSCO courts award death and life sentences to two convicts in separate cases involving minors.
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The court on Wednesday had convicted Mushtaq.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
The court on Wednesday had convicted Mushtaq.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

26-year-old man sentenced to death in Odisha for rape, murder

By Debabrata Mohanty | Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar
PUBLISHED ON SEP 19, 2019 07:41 PM IST
The death sentence is 4th such ruling in the last two months under the POCSO Amendment Act in Odisha which has the provision of capital punishment in rape cases involving girls under 12 years of age.
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It is unclear whether the review of Mr Jadhav’s case, in line with the ICJ’s order, will be done by a military or a civilian court(REUTERS)
It is unclear whether the review of Mr Jadhav’s case, in line with the ICJ’s order, will be done by a military or a civilian court(REUTERS)

Kulbhushan Jadhav’s quest for justice

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON SEP 03, 2019 06:36 PM IST
India’s challenge now is in getting Pakistan to review his conviction and sentence.
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File photo of former Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav who has been sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of 'espionage'.(PTI)
File photo of former Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav who has been sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of 'espionage'.(PTI)

Kulbhushan Jadhav to get consular access. A look at key points from UN court verdict

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON SEP 02, 2019 11:02 AM IST
Kulbhushan Jadhav case: Kulbhushan Jadhav was arrested by Pakistani security agencies in Balochistan on March 3, 2016, and charged with involvement in spying and subversive activities.
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Death sentence has been granted to a Tripura man for raping and murdering a minor in 2018(Representative Photograph)
Death sentence has been granted to a Tripura man for raping and murdering a minor in 2018(Representative Photograph)

Tripura men gets death sentence for raping & murdering a minor.

By Priyanka Deb Barman | Hindustan Times, Agartala
UPDATED ON AUG 22, 2019 10:06 PM IST
Tripura man was given a death sentence and two life sentences for raping and murdering a minor in North Tripura
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The Bombay High court.(Bhushan Koyande / HT Photo)
The Bombay High court.(Bhushan Koyande / HT Photo)

Bombay high court acquits man on death row for boy’s kidnapping and murder; clears accomplice

By Kanchan Chaudhari | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON AUG 14, 2019 02:52 PM IST
The bench also acquitted his purported accomplice Azad Mehrunddula Ansari, 28, for want of satisfactory evidence.
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India has responded to Pakistan’s conditional offer to grant consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav.(AFP Photo)
India has responded to Pakistan’s conditional offer to grant consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav.(AFP Photo)

‘Without fear of reprisal’: India responds to Pak on Jadhav’s consular access

By HT Correspondent | New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 02, 2019 02:06 PM IST
A response from the Pakistani side to the Indian response is awaited, sources said. The Pakistani side had proposed that consular access could be granted at 3 pm on Friday.
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The Supreme Court.(HT Photo)
The Supreme Court.(HT Photo)

SC upholds death to man for raping girl, killing brother

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 02, 2019 07:48 AM IST
Justices RF Nariman and Surya Kant confirmed Manoharan’s death sentence while justice Sanjiv Khanna dissented saying the case did not fall under the rarest of the rare category to warrant capital punishment.
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The Bombay High Court on Monday cited “undue, inordinate and unreasonable” delay in executing two men convicted of raping and killing a business process outsourcing (BPO) employee in Pune in November 2007 while commuting the death sentences handed down to them.
The Bombay High Court on Monday cited “undue, inordinate and unreasonable” delay in executing two men convicted of raping and killing a business process outsourcing (BPO) employee in Pune in November 2007 while commuting the death sentences handed down to them.

Bombay HC commutes death sentence of 2 in Pune rape-murder case

By Kanchan Chaudhari | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JUL 30, 2019 09:37 AM IST
A Justice BP Dharmadhikari-led division bench sentenced the convicts, Purushottam Borate, 38, and Pradeep Kokade, 30, to 35 years in prison, which will include period already undergone.
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