Supreme Court says prior conviction cannot be sole ground to impose death penalty; commutes murder convict's sentence

"The history of the convict by itself cannot be a ground for awarding him death penalty," the Court reiterated.
Death penalty
Death penalty

The criminal history of a convict cannot by itself be a ground to award the death penalty, observed the Supreme Court on Thursday while commuting the sentence of a convict from the death penalty to life imprisonment in a 2003 murder case [Madan vs State of Uttar Pradesh].

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