Supreme Court takes note of Law Commissions recommendations on death penalty, commutes sentence

In a case of double murder of the accused person’s wife and child, the Supreme Court overturned the judgment of acquittal of the High Court. However, given the possibility of human error in investigation and appreciation of evidence, the Court refused to impose the death penalty upon the accused. The Court also noted that the Law Commission had recommended abolition of the death penalty in its 262nd report..

 

State of Maharashtra v Nisar Ramzan Sayyed, Criminal Appeal Nos. 865-866 of 2013