Post-conviction Mental Illness is a Mitigating Factor for Commutation of Death Penalty, Supreme Court

Shruti Mahajan April 16 2019
death penalty

The Supreme Court has held that post-conviction mental illness will be a mitigating factor while considering a plea for commutation of death penalty.

The judgment was rendered by a Bench of Justices NV Ramana, Mohan M Shantanagoudar, and Indira Banerjee in a review petition filed by a convict who had been sentenced to death for rape and murder of two underage girls.

The trial court had sentenced him to the death in 2001. This decision was confirmed by . . .

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