Can Governor grant remission of sentence to convicts without delving into individual facts? Supreme Court refers question to larger bench
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Can Governor grant remission of sentence to convicts without delving into individual facts? Supreme Court refers question to larger bench

The Court was informed that the convict was released prematurely on remission after the State of Haryana, through an Executive decision on August 15, 2019, decided to release a certain set of convicts.

Debayan Roy

A three-judge Bench of the Supreme Court has referred to a larger bench the question whether a Governor exercising his constitutional power under Article 161 to grant remission of sentence to a convict can do so without perusing the facts or merits of the case (Pyare Lal Vs State of Haryana).

The Bench of Justices UU Lalit, Mohan M Shantanagoudar, and Vineet Saran made the reference while perusing a bail application of a murder convict. During the hearings, the Court was informed that the convict was released prematurely on remission after the State of Haryana, through an Executive decision on August 15, 2019, decided to release a certain set of convicts if they fulfilled the laid down criteria.

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