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Centre moves SC, seeks deadline for hanging death row convicts

Jan 22, 2020 19:45 IST

The Centre on Wednesday moved the Supreme Court for fixing a seven-day deadline for executing death penalty of condemned prisoners. The Home Ministry plea sought a direction from the top court in fixing the deadline for filing of curative pleas after the rejection of review petitions. The plea sough a direction that 'if the death row convict wants to file mercy petition, it would be mandatory for a convict to do so only within a period of seven days from the date of receipt of death warrant issued by the court'. The govt asked the top court to 'mandate all the competent courts, state governments, prison authorities in the country to issue death warrant of a convict within seven days of the rejection of his mercy petition and to execute death sentence within seven days thereafter, irrespective of the stage of review, curative or mercy petition.

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