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Centre to challenge SC ruling on commuting death sentences on grounds of delay

The central government will challenge the Supreme Court`s recent ruling in which it said that inexplicable, inordinate delays in deciding mercy pleas of death row convicts can be sufficient grounds for commutation of death sentence to life.

India should join countries which oppose death penalty: Karuna

DMK Chief M Karunanidhi on Tuesday said India should join the countries which had opposed death sentence.

SC stays execution of 4 Veerappan aides, for now

The SC stayed till further orders the execution of death sentence of four aides of sandalwood smuggler Veerappan, who were awarded capital punishment in 2004 for a landmine blast that left 22 police personnel dead.

Prez Pranab rejects mercy pleas of Veerappan aides

President Pranab Mukherjee has dismissed four more mercy pleas of late forest brigand Veerappan`s close aides, reports said on Wednesday.