RECENT TRENDS IN CAPITAL PUNISHMENT: JUDICIAL MISTAKES TO JUDICIAL MATURITY

Capital punishment is a debatable area for intellectuals of various fields. The constitutionality and desirability seems to have element of phoenix. Though constitutionality is established way back in 80s the new judicial decisions throw light on its application. The judges differ on its applicability for which the paper concentrates on critical analysis of five judgements between 2013-2016 viz Bhullar I, Bhullar II, Ajay Kumar Pal, Shabnam-I, Yakub Memon, Vyas Ram, C. Muniappan. In some cases judiciary have committed grave error but it has shown the maturity of correcting the legal wrongs. In recently decided Saaumya Killing case court has not convicted the prisoner for murder despite various pressures and arguments from strong quarters because the evidences were not convincing to judges. Read More