Vol. 3, Issue 6 (2018)
Judicial trends of capital punishment in India
Author(s): Poonam Rani
Abstract: This research paper describes the judicial trend of capital punishment in India. Supreme Court is the highest judicial authority of India and many important decisions given by it on various points related to death sentence from time to time which makes a precedent and set a trend of procedure of awarding and execution of death sentence. In this research paper a phase wise study of judicial decisions on capital punishment is done, and it is divided in five phases and these are death sentence as a rule, judicial discretion era, life imprisonment as a substitute of death sentence, rarest of rare case and phase after Bachan Singh case. Through this phase wise study it is tried to find out that what procedure and rules the highest judicial tribunal of India is adopting in granting death sentence.