Death Row

  • Review petitions by death row convicts to be heard by 3 judges in open court: SC 19 hours 42 minutes ago

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday laid down new rules on review petitions filed by death row convicts. The court ruled that petitions by death row convicts will be heard by a bench of three judges in an open court. Earlier, the petitions were heard in the chambers of...
  • Verdict on plea of convicts in Rajiv Gandhi case tomorrow February 17, 2014

    The fate of three death row convicts in Rajiv Gandhi assassination case will be sealed on Tuesday when the Supreme Court will pronounce its verdict on their plea for commutation of their sentence to life imprisonment on ground of delay in deciding their mercy plea. The judgement will be delivered by...
  • Arguments for and against death sentence January 21, 2014

    New Delhi: The debate on the death penalty is a never ending one. While some are in favour of it, others give various reasons to abolish it. The debate has been revived after the Supreme Court on Tuesday commuted death penalty of 15 convicts on the grounds of inordinate delay...
  • December 16 gangrape: HC issues production warrant to death row convicts September 23, 2013

    The Delhi High Court on Monday issued production warrants for Tuesday to four death row convicts in the December 16 gangrape and murder case on the trial court's reference for confirmation of the capital punishment given to them. A bench of justices Reva Khetrapal and Pratibha Rani directed Tihar Jail authorities...
  • Rajiv Gandhi case: TADA court notice to CBI on death row convict's plea September 20, 2013

    Chennai: A special TADA court ordered issue of notice to the Central Bureau of Investigation on a petition by death row convict in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, AG Perarivalan, seeking a direction to the agency to investigate the 'left out area' of earlier probe. After more than 30-minute long in-camera...
  • HC dismisses PIL seeking justice for late Sarabjit Singh in International Court of Justice September 14, 2013

    The Gujarat High Court on Friday dismissed a PIL seeking a direction to the central government to approach the International Court of Justice over the murder of Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh in Pakistan jail. The division bench of Chief Justice Bhaskar Bhattacharya and Justice J B Pardiwala held that the issue...
  • Death row convict attempts suicide in Belgaum August 21, 2013

    A death row convict in a rape and murder case on Wednesday allegedly attempted suicide at a prison in Belgaum amid preparations by jail authorities to hang him along with another convict. Shivu Munishetti slashed his private parts and hand with a blade, officials at Hindalga jail where he and the...
  • Larger bench of SC to hear pleas of death row convicts July 26, 2013

    New Delhi: A larger bench of the Supreme Court will hear from October 22 a batch of petitions seeking commutation of their death sentence into life imprisonment on account of delay in carrying out the execution following the dismissal of their mercy petitions by the President. "Death sentence matters will be...
  • Convicts' families should be informed about execution in advance: CJI April 7, 2013

    New Delhi: Amid the controversy over the hanging of Afzal Guru, Chief Justice of India(CJI) Altamas Kabir on Sunday said the families of death row convicts should be informed in advance about their execution. However, he sought to play down the controversy on the issue saying the past incidents should...
  • SC stays execution of 8 on death row, cites Afzal's case April 7, 2013

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court has stayed the execution of eight prisoners for a month after President Pranab Mukherjee rejected their mercy plea. The apex court has said that it wants to make sure whether the family has been duly informed and the Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru episode isn't...
  • 26/11: Home Ministry rejects mercy plea of Ajmal Kasab October 24, 2012

    New Delhi: Union Home Ministry on Tuesday recommended the rejection of the mercy petition of Pakistani terrorist and 26/11 lone survivor Ajmal Kasab. Senior lawyer Ujjwal Nikam has welcomed the development, saying "President has to study the recommendation of MHA. It's a positive phase in the case. It's a good...
  • Sena wants no mercy plea for death row convicts August 30, 2012

    New Delhi: A Bill seeking to bar death row convicts for waging a war against the nation from making mercy pleas to the President is likely to be introduced by a Shiv Sena member in the Rajya Sabha on Friday. The Private Members bill being moved by Bharatkumar Raut has...
  • Sarabjit's lawyer highlights flaws in his trial July 7, 2012

    Lahore: The lawyer of Indian death row prisoner Sarabjit Singh has highlighted flaws in his trial for alleged involvement in a string of bombings in 1990 and demanded that the Pakistan government commute his death sentence to life imprisonment. Lawyer Awais Sheikh said there were many mistakes committed by the courts...
  • Send records of mercy petitions: SC tells states February 22, 2012

    New Delhi: Expressing concern over delay by the Centre and state governments in deciding mercy pleas of prisoners on death row, the Supreme Court on Wednesday sought from them the records of all such cases. A bench of justices GS Singhvi and SJ Mukhopadhyay said the home secretaries of all the...
  • Death penalty only in extreme cases: Kalam October 10, 2011

    Former president APJ Abdul Kalam said that the death penalty should be abolished. ...
  • Sarabjit's sister meets him in Lahore jail July 1, 2011

    Jalandhar: The sister of Sarabjit Singh, an Indian national on death row in Pakistan, has met him for the second time in Lahore's Kot Lakhpat Jail, according to his daughter. Dalbir Kaur met Singh in the Jail on Friday and the two exchanged presents. An emotional Singh sent wishes for...
  • 1 crore offered for 17 Indians in Dubai death row May 19, 2011

    Dubai: Blood money to the tune of Rs 1 crore was offered in a Dubai court on Thursday to save the 17 Indians on death row for murdering a Pakistani following which the case has been adjourned till June 16. Local businessman, S P Singh Oberoi, who is founder president of...
  • New lease of life for another death row convict August 26, 2010

    New Delhi: President Pratibha Patil has pardoned the death sentence of Shobit Kumar, who was convicted for killing six people of a family. Shobit Kumar has been in jail for the last 21 years. His mercy petition filed with the President in 1998, was the oldest pending application. Earlier, CNN-IBN...
  • 30 minutes: Hung between life and death August 22, 2010

    Inside India's Central jail, more than 300 prisoners are waiting for their death sentences. ...
  • UAE court to hear mercy plea of Indians today May 19, 2010

    New Delhi: A United Arab Emirates court will be hearing the plea for mercy of the 17 Indian nationals facing death sentence for the murder of a Pakistani national. Seventeen Indians, aged between 18 to 30 years, were sentenced to death by a Sharia court for the murder of...
  • UAE death row convicts' kin pray for their safety April 7, 2010

    Families of 17 Indians given death sentence in Sharjah are in the Capital... They are hoping against hope for the safety of their relatives. ...
  • Hope for Indians on death row in Sharjah April 7, 2010

    Sharjah: A lawyer, appointed by the Indian government, is expected to file an appeal on behalf of the the 17 Indians on death row in Sharjah on Wednesday. Minister of State for External Affairs Preneet Kaur had earlier met their families in Patiala, assuring them of all possible support. The convicts...
  • Govt to appeal for condemned Indians in UAE April 7, 2010

    At last, there is hope for the 17 indians on death row in Sharjah. The Indian government is likely to file an appeal on their behalf on Wednesday. It has appointed a lawyer Mohammad Salman for them promising all legal help. Union Minister of State for External Affairs Preneet Kaur...
  • Centre to look into UAE death row case March 31, 2010

    Anxious days for the families of 17 men who have been convicted in Sharjah for the murder of a Pakistani national. Majority of the men are from Punjab, the state govt is pressurising the Centre to intervene. ...
  • Sharjah death row: Govt gets access to convicts March 31, 2010

    New Delhi: Seventeen Indians sentenced to death for killing a Pakistani national in UAE have been assured that the Government of India will stand by them if they appeal in a higher court. External Affairs Minister S M Krishna told reporters on the sidelines of a function that the consular...
  • FTN: Waiting on death row: a cruel punishment September 22, 2009

    Death row convicts are human beings and “should not be used as pawns in furthering some larger political or Government policy”. The Government must consider their pleas for mercy expeditiously. The Supreme Court said this while dismissing a death row convict’s plea that his punishment be scrapped on the ground that...
  • SC cautions govt against sitting on mercy pleas September 20, 2009

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court has advised the government to expeditiously dispose of mercy pleas of prisoners sentenced to death and not to use human beings "as pawns in furthering some larger political or government policy". The remark was made on Friday by a bench of Justice Harjit Singh Bedi and...
  • 300 death row convicts hang on to life August 6, 2009

    New Delhi: Mohammed Hanif Sayed, his wife Fahimida and their associate Ashrat Shafique Ansari who were sentenced to death by a special court Thursday for the 2003 Mumbai twin blasts will join a list of over 300 people on death row in the country’s prisons. The three were held guilty of...
  • Indian prisoner Sarabjit's family seeks help for release July 30, 2009

    Mumbai: The family of Sarabjit Singh, the Indian prisoner on death row in Pakistan is trying to garner public support across the country for his mercy petition. Sarabjit’s plea for clemency was quashed once by the Pakistan Supreme Court. Sarabjit Singh was sentenced to death for his alleged role in...
  • Pak minister's order may save Sarabjit Singh's life January 2, 2009

    Islamabad: Sarabjit Singh, the Indian prisoner on death row in Pakistan, might escape the gallows with the country’s law and justice ministry asking the interior ministry to commute all death sentences to life imprisonment. Law and Justice Minister Farooq H. Naek said on Friday his ministry has sent a note on...