1. Death Sentence -  'human dignity' - Article 21 has its traces in the dignity of human being. It has been recognized as part of Article 21  -Once we recognize this aspect of dignity of human being, it does not end with the confirmation of death sentence, but goes beyond and remains valid till such a convict meets his/her destiny - Therefore, the process/procedure from confirmation of death sentence by the highest Court till the execution of the said sentence, the convict is to be treated with human dignity to the extent which is reasonable and permissible in law - Constitution of India, Article 21.  (2016)3 PLRSC 692
  2. Death Sentence - Constitution of India, Article 21 - Lays down that nobody shall be deprived of his life and liberty except according to the procedure established by law - It now stands settled that the procedure established by law has to be 'due procedure'  - By judicial interpretation, this Court has read the principle of reasonableness into the said procedure contemplated by Article 21, holding that it must be 'right and just and fair' and not arbitrary, fanciful or oppressive -  Even as per the statute book, this procedure does not culminate with the dismissal of appeals of the convicts by the final Court - No doubt, when an accused is tried of an offence by a competent court of law and is imposed such death penalty and the said death penalty is upheld by the highest Court, the procedure that is established by law has been followed up to this stage - However, in the statutory framework, further procedural safeguards in the form of judicial review as well as mercy petitions are yet to be traversed - This would also be covered by the expression 'procedure established by law' occurring in Article 21 - Therefore, till the time limitation period for filing the review petition and thereafter reasonable time for filing the mercy petition has not lapsed, issuing of death warrants would be violative of Article 21.  (2016)3 PLRSC 692
  3. Death Sentence - Supreme Court pronounced judgment on 15.05.2015 dismissing appeal under Article 136 confirming the death penalty and within six days of the dismissal of the criminal appeals, learned Sessions Judge issued the death warrants on 21.05.2015 -  This is clearly impermissible and unwarranted for various reasons - Constitution of India, Article 21, 72, 136, 137, 161. (2016)3 PLRSC 692


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