Pardon

  • SC notice to Centre on PIL against commuting death sentence November 18, 2013

    New Delhi: Former President Pratibha Patil's decision to commute death sentence of five condemned prisoners in child rape cases on Monday came under judicial scrutiny with the Supreme Court issuing notice to the Centre on a plea seeking to set aside the commutation. A bench headed by Chief Justice P Sathasivam agreed...
  • Manning files bid for Obama pardon: Lawyer September 4, 2013

    Washington: Lawyers for Chelsea Manning filed a request for a pardon from President Barack Obama following the soldier's 35-year jail sentence for the biggest intelligence leak in US history. "Private Manning's pardon request was filed today by our office," attorney David Coombs said on Twitter Tuesday. The lawyer had indicated his intention...
  • Katju writes to President seeking pardon for Bhullar April 13, 2013

    New Delhi: Press Council of India (PCI) chairperson Justice Markandey Katju has written to President Pranab Mukherjee seeking pardon for Devender Pal Singh Bhullar who has been awarded death sentence in connection with the 1993 Delhi bomb blast case. Katju's letter comes close on the heels of a two-judge bench...
  • Italy hopes India will pardon its two marines April 6, 2013

    Rome: Italy, which has pardoned a US air force officer convicted in absentia for his role in CIA abduction of an Egyptian terror suspect, hoped that India will follow the same principle for two Italian marines facing murder charges for shooting two fishermen in India. President Giorgio Napolitano on Friday...
  • Maha: Amar Singh's plea for Sanjay Dutt's pardon reaches HM March 31, 2013

    Mumbai: Maharashtra Governor K Sankaranarayanan on Sunday forwarded expelled Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh's letter seeking pardon for Sanjay Dutt to Maharashtra State Home Department. The Bollywood actor, who has already undergone imprisonment of 18 months, was sentenced to five years imprisonment by the Supreme Court in 1993 Bombay serial...
  • Sanjay Dutt's appeal: Should emotions influence the law? March 29, 2013

    Amidst the clamour to seek a pardom for him, actor Sanjay Dutt broke his silence on Thursday. An emotional Dutt broke down while speaking to the media and said he will surrender in the case and not seek a pardon....
  • Should Zaibunisa get the same treatment as Sanjay Dutt? March 27, 2013

    Amidst growing clamour for pardoning Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt, another convict, a 70-year-old woman, has now sought pardon. Backing Zaibunisa Kazia's request, Markandey Katju, who had sought pardon for Dutt, said Zaibunisa also deserved pardon....
  • 1993 Bombay blasts convict Zaibunisa seeks pardon March 27, 2013

    Mumbai: Amidst growing clamour for pardoning Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt, who was recently sentenced to five years in prison by the Supreme Court in 1993 Bombay blasts case, another convict, a 70-year-old woman, has now sought pardon. Backing Zaibunisa Kazia's request, Press Council of India (PCI) chairman Markandey Katju, who...
  • Jaya to meet Maharashtra Governor for Dutt's pardon March 23, 2013

    New Delhi: Actor-turned MP Jaya Bachchan on Friday said she would meet the Maharashtra Governor to take up the issue of pardoning Sanjay Dutt who has been given a five year sentence by the Supreme Court under the Arms Act in the Mumbai blasts case. "He (Dutt) has already been punished...
  • The Doors: journey of a rock band December 10, 2010

    Tallahassee: A hot, frenzied night in Miami changed life for Jim Morrison and The Doors. That's something the late singer's pardon on indecent exposure and profanity charges can't correct. "It made him realize he was no longer in the graces of the gods, that things could go wrong," said Ray Manzarek,...
  • President pardons six, gives hope to UP village June 29, 2010

    New Delhi: Bajrakha village in Uttar Pradesh is celebrating a new lease of life to six of its own after President Pratibha Patil commuted the death sentence awarded to them to life. An emotional Ramguni recalls how painful the last 25 years have been without her husband Shyam Manohar, one of...
  • Pak president can pardon Sarabjit: Pak govt October 6, 2008

    New Delhi: Pakistani Law Minister Farooq Naek met Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh at Lahore's Kot Lakhpat jail. Naek said he will review the death sentence given to Sarabjit. According to Naek, under article 45 of Pakistan's Constitution, a pardon can be granted to Sarabjit by the President of Pakistan. "We've got to...
  • Securing a pardon for Sarabjit may not be easy March 20, 2008

    New Delhi: From facing certain death in two weeks time, Sarabjit can now live for at least another six weeks. External Affairs Minister, Pranab Mukherjee said on Wednesday, "The President of Pakistan has stayed the execution of Sarabjit till April 30." Though still on death row, Sarabjit has reason to celebrate. He...
  • Wait ends: Freedom at night for Kashmir Singh March 4, 2008

    New Delhi: He languished in a jail in Pakistan for 35 years, forsaken by his country, almost forgotten by his family. However, on Monday evening, Kashmir Singh got a new lease of life after he was freed from Kot Lakhpat Jail in Lahore. He will be reunited with his family at...
  • After 35 yrs in death cell, Indian man pardoned by Pak February 29, 2008

    New Delhi: Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has pardoned Indian national Kashmir Singh over 35 years after he had been sent to death row after being charged with espionage by a military court in Lahore. President Musharraf signed the petition for the release of Kashmir Singh on Thursday. The Interior Ministry...
  • Kerala widow saves husband's 'killer' from gallows February 26, 2008

    Thiruvananthapuram: In Nagesh Kukunoor's film Dor, the protagonist begs the widow of a man who her husband had accidentally murdered to save her own husband from execution. Now, life has imitated art. In a story that highlights the power of human forgiveness, a Malayalee construction worker in Kuwait is saved from...
  • Brit sailors speak of their ordeal April 7, 2007

    New Delhi: Fifteen British sailors and marines, who were pardoned and later freed by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad after 13 days of captivity, have now spoken out about their experience. The captives said that they were blindfolded, bound and held in isolation. They said they faced constant psychological pressure and the...
  • Iran president pardons UK sailors April 4, 2007

    Tehran (Iran): Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says he will pardon and set free 15 British sailors and marines being held in Iranian custody. Speaking at a news conference on the diplomatic crisis, Ahmadinejad said the 15 detainees had violated the country's territorial waters and praised the border guards who captured them,...
  • Pakistan defers Briton's hanging October 19, 2006

    Islamabad: The Pakistan government will order a two month stay of execution for a Briton due to be hanged on November 1, in order to give time to work out a way to spare his life, officials said on Thursday. Mirza Tahir Hussain, 36, from Leeds in northern England was...
  • SC sets rules for power of pardon October 11, 2006

    New Delhi: In a significant judgment, the Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that granting pardon on religious or political considerations is subversion of the Constitution. The judgment comes at a time of a raging debate over whether Parliament attack accused Mohammed Afzal should be pardoned or not. The Supreme...