GS - Current Affairs - Opinion - Question - 9th Feb. 2014
1) Write Short Notes on the following.
a) Shatrughan Chauhan vs. Union of India,
b) International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
c) Supervening events
d) Art.21 / Art.72/ Art.161
e) Smt. Triveniben vs. State of Gujarat (1989)
2) Are you aware that the Supreme Court of India has laid down as many as 12 guidelines to safeguard the interests of death-row convicts?
3) The court decided that inordinate delay in deciding a mercy petition is a valid supervening factor, which can render the execution of a convict unconstitutional. Discuss.
4) A two-judge Bench of the Supreme Court ruled that delay could not be claimed as a supervening factor eligible for commutation of the death sentence if the accused was convicted for an offence of terrorism. Critically Analyze
5) All death sentences imposed are implicitly the most heinous and barbaric and rarest of its kind and that the law does not prescribe an additional period of imprisonment in addition to the sentence of death for any such exceptional depravity involved in the offence. Elaborate.
6) Insanity of the convict, after the imposition of the death sentence, is also the supervening factor which the court accepted as a ground for granting relief from executing the sentence. Explain.
7) The Supreme Court's judgment has raised hopes that in future, execution of the death sentence may become near impossible, even though imposition of the death sentence itself is constitutionally permissible. Elaborate.
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