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Supreme Court Judgement on Mercy Pleas

Supreme Court Judgement on Mercy Pleas


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Supreme Court Judgement on Mercy petitions
Supreme Court Judgement on Mercy petitions

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petitioners appealed in their petitions is the ground of

solitary confinement. The grievance of some of the

petitioners herein is that they were confined in solitary

confinement from the date of imposition of death sentence

by the Sessions Court which is contrary to the provisions of

the Indian Penal Code, 1860, the Code of Criminal

Procedure, 1973, Prisons Act and Articles 14, 19 and 21 of

the Constitution and it is certainly a form of torture.


However, the respective States, in their counter affidavits

and in oral submissions, have out rightly denied having

kept any of the petitioners herein in solitary confinement in

violation of existing laws. It was further submitted that they

were kept separately from the other prisoners for safety

purposes. In other words, they were kept in statutory

segregation and not per se in solitary confinement.

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