Centre working on finalising uniform sentencing policy: Moily
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Last Updated: Sunday, October 10, 2010, 20:39
Bhopal: Union Law Minister Veerappa Moily has said that the Centre was working on finalising a uniform sentencing policy.

"We are working on a uniform sentencing policy," Moily told reporters here.

The proposed policy will ensure that judges do not hand down different sentences on the same crime but follow the standards laid down in it, he said.

"We are working on the uniform sentencing policy which is on the lines of the ones in place in United States and the United Kingdom," Moily told reporters here on Saturday.

"The draft for uniform sentencing is in its final stages and the ministry will place it before the Cabinet soon," he added.

On whether the policy was being framed following Supreme Court's decision to reduce the death sentence of the accused to life imprisonment in the Priyadarshni Mattoo rape and murder case, he replied in the negative.

"Work on this policy had begun long back," he added.

Moily, however, refused to comment on the Apex Court's verdict in the Priyadarshni Mattoo case.

"How can I comment on the judgement of the Supreme Court?" he asked.


First Published: Sunday, October 10, 2010, 20:39

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