Death convict can’t be hanged hurriedly, secretly: SC
NEW DELHI: Holding that death convicts can’t be denied fundamental right to life, the Supreme Court today said that govt cant hang condemned prisoners without giving him prior notice and allowing him to meet family members.
A bench of justices AK Sikri and UU Lalit said that proper procedure must be followed by govt authorities and execution cannt be done till the the convict exhausts all remedy available to him to save his life.
The court quashed the death warrants issued by a UP sessions court for hanging of Shabanam and her lover Saleem for killing her seven family members who were opposing the relationship.
The apex court on May 15 awarded death sentence to the couple. Eithin a week after the judgement, the sessions court issued death warrants.
The court said that the speed at which death warrant was issued was “unwarranted”.
It said the convict should be give a sufficient time to seek review of apex court verdict and also to file mercy petition before the Governor and the President.