INDIA: SC COMMUTES DEATH SENTENCE
November 19, 2018:
The Supreme Court on 14 November 2018 commuted death penalty imposed on a man accused of rape and murder of an eight year old girl in Rajasthan. (Sources: livelaw.in, 18/11/2018)
Reasoned order will follow, said the bench comprising of Justice NV Ramana, Justice Mohan M. Shantanagoudar and Justice MR Shah holding that it is not a fit case where extreme penalty of death can be imposed on the accused.
The bench partly allowed the appeal by setting aside the conviction of the accused, Prahlad, under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012, while sustaining the conviction for murder of the child. It also converted the death penalty imposed on him into life imprisonment.