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PIL seeks replacement of hanging in death penalty

PIL seeks replacement of hanging in death penalty

New Delhi, Oct 6 (UNI) The Supreme Court today issued notice to the Union of India and sought a detailed reply within three weeks in connection with a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by lawyer, Rishi Malhotra, seeking replacement of hanging in death penalty cases. The bench, headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra, also comprised Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud. "Our constitution is a compassionate one which recognises the principle of sanctity of life. With the invention of various modes in modern time, the legislature can think of another method to execute death convicts," the bench observed while hearing the PIL Advocate Malhotra had, in his PIL, challenged the validity of section 354 (5) of the CrPC (Code of Criminal Procedure-hanging by neck). The CJI bench observed, since centuries, nothing can be equated to painless death. In his petition, Malhotra claimed that the act of execution should be as quick and as simple as possible and free from anything that unnecessarily sharpened the poignancy of the prisoners apprehension. The act of the execution should produce immediate unconsciousness passing quickly into the death. It should not involve mutilation, Malhotra asserted.


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EC guidelines for political parties on broadcast, telecast time in Meghalaya, Tripura, Nagaland

23 Jan 2018 | 9:36 PM

New Delhi, Jan 23 (UNI) As per the guidelines set by the Election Commission on Tuesday for the ensuing Assembly elections in Meghalaya, Tripura and Nagaland in 2018, the national political parties can share equitable time on electronic and broadcast media, since these states have no recognised state parties.

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Harsh Vardhan urges stakeholders to identify priority areas, timely implementation

Harsh Vardhan urges stakeholders to identify priority areas, timely implementation

23 Jan 2018 | 9:33 PM

New Delhi, Jan 23 (UNI) Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Dr Harsh Vardhan on Tuesday urged scientists and senior officers to identify priority areas and ensure its implementation in a time- bound manner.

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Ashok Lavasa assumes charge as new EC

23 Jan 2018 | 8:38 PM

New Delhi, Jan 23 (UNI) Ashok Lavasa, the 1980 batch IAS officer from Haryana Cadre, on Tuesday assumed charge as the new Election Commissioner (EC) of India.

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Mercury plummets in Delhi after rain

23 Jan 2018 | 8:37 PM

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