Death Penalty Abolition Debate

Justice or vengeance – Exploring death warrant

  1. Death warrant or ‘black’ warrant proceedings are held in the court that first ordered the sentence of death.
  2. Ideally, the death warrant proceedings should take place only after a prisoner has exhausted all legal remedies.
  3. The SC, in Shabnam v. Union of India case (May 2015) has laid down the key principles for black warrant proceedings.
  4. After the decision of SC, a black warrant proceeding cannot take place without the accused and his lawyer being present.
  5. The Supreme Court in Shatrughan Chauhan v. Union of India case (January 2014) once again affirmed the rights of death row prisoners to challenge the rejection of their mercy petition on certain grounds.
  1. Death warrant or ‘black’ warrant proceedings are held in the court that first ordered the sentence of death.
  2. Ideally, the death warrant proceedings should take place only after a prisoner has exhausted all legal remedies.
  3. The SC, in Shabnam v. Union of India case (May 2015) has laid down the key principles for black warrant proceedings.
  4. After the decision of SC, a black warrant proceeding cannot take place without the accused and his lawyer being present.
  5. The Supreme Court in Shatrughan Chauhan v. Union of India case (January 2014) once again affirmed the rights of death row prisoners to challenge the rejection of their mercy petition on certain grounds.
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