The Supreme Court has commuted the sentences of 15 death row convicts to life imprisonment.
The death penalty of 13 condemned prisoners has been commuted to life on the ground of inordinate delay on part of President to decide their mercy pleas.
The other two convicts were given life sentence on finding that long years on death row had made them mentally ill.
Today’s verdict is also likely to impact the case of three men from Tamil Nadu convicted for their roles in the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. Their mercy plea was filed 11 years ago with the President’s office, but was rejected in 2011.
The court also made post mortem mandatory after execution of condemned prisoners to find out if hanging by noose in reality is the least painful method to snuff out life.