Statistics on pending mercy pleas disturbing: SC

"Disturbing" is how the Supreme Court termed the statistics which showed that 17 mercy pleas filed between 1999 and 2011 remained pending for periods ranging from one year to 13 years.

SC rejects Bhullar`s mercy plea, upholds death sentence

In a judgement that will lay precedence for others, the Supreme Court on Friday rejected the mercy petition filed by Punjab militant Devender Pal Singh Bhullar, who was convicted of killing nine people with a car bomb in Delhi in 1993.

MHA sends mercy petitions of seven cases to Prez for decision

Expediting the pending mercy petitions, the Home Ministry has sent to the President for final decision seven cases of multiple murders.

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.

11 mercy petitions pending before President

As many as 11 mercy petitions of death convicts are pending before President Pranab Mukherjee, an RTI reply has stated.

President defends clemency decisions

Rashtrapati Bhavan defended its granting mercy to some death row convicts saying the power to pardon is not a private act of grace by the President.

President commutes death of ‘dead’ man

In what can be described as a mercy gaffe, President Pratibha Devi Singh Patil, on June 2, unknowingly commuted to life the death sentence given to a man who died five years ago.

`16 cases of mercy petition disposed of in 3 yrs`

16 mercy petitions have been disposed of during the last three-and-a-half years, which is more than any such period earlier, the Rajya Sabha was informed Wednesday.

No plan to review laws on death sentence: PC

There were no plans to review laws on death sentence, Home Minister P Chidambaram clarified and said the present government had disposed of a large number of mercy petitions.

Apex court seeks time frame for deciding mercy pleas

The Supreme Court asked the government to set a time frame for deciding death row convicts` mercy petitions pending before it.

SC concerned over delay in deciding mercy pleas

Expressing concern over delay by the Centre and state governments in deciding mercy pleas of prisoners on death row, the Supreme Court on Wednesday sought from them the records of all such cases.

SC seeks timely disposal of mercy petition

The Supreme Court has issued notice to the central govt seeking time-bound disposal of mercy petitions lying with President Pratibha Patil.

Mercy petitions should be disposed within a year: Top lawyer

Strongly defending the provision
of capital punishment, senior advocate K T S Tulsi on Monday
termed the Government`s attitude in dealing with mercy
petitions as "reprehensible" and sought their early disposal.

Fix a time frame for disposal of mercy petitions: Digvijay

Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh on Thursday said there was an urgent need to fix a time limit for disposal of mercy petitions filed before the
President by convicts on the death row.

Decide on mercy petitions quickly: SC tells govt

The Supreme Court has said the
government has a duty to decide on the mercy petitions of
those sentenced to death by courts without much delay.