Tag Archives: Indian Penal Code

4 Days, 7 Judges, 5 Judgments

By Rudrajyoti Nath Ray, Associate The Hon’ble Supreme Court of India (“SC”) has pronounced five very notable judgments in the four working days between the dates 22.8.2013 and 27.8.2013. Though all of them deserve equal and exclusive attention – it … Continue reading

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Sangeet & Anr. v. State of Haryana – Hon’ble Supreme Court Emphasizes on Uncertainties in Sentencing Policies Pertaining to Capital Offences

By Rudrajyoti N. Ray, Associate In the recently concluded judgment of Sangeet & Anr. v. State of Haryana (Criminal Appeal Nos. 409-491 of 2011), the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India was possessed of the limited question concerning the death sentence … Continue reading

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Soman v. State of Kerala: The Supreme Court Holds that Within the Limits Fixed by the Law, Social Consequences of a Culpable Act and its Impact on Other People Can be a Relevant Consideration for Giving a Heavier Punishment

By Rudrajyoti N. Ray, Associate In the year 2000, Soman, a retail vendor (“Appellant”) happened to sell liquor contaminated with methyl alcohol. The liquor caused the death of one unfortunate Mr. Yohannan. The Trial Court found the Appellant to be … Continue reading

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Supreme Court calls for a Relook at Norms on Death Penalty

By Anurag Gupta, Associate More than 32 years after it devised the “rarest of rare” criterion to restrict imposition of death penalty to exceptionally heinous and cold-blooded murder cases, the Supreme Court in the matter Sangeet & Anr. v. State of Haryana, (Criminal … Continue reading

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State v. Manoj Kumar and Ors.: Beating Wife to Death Amounts to Rarest of Rare Cases

By Anurag Gupta, Associate In State v. Manoj Kumar and Ors., Session Case No. 195/2011, a trial court in Delhi sent a 39 year old man to jail for the rest of his life for beating his wife to death … Continue reading

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Trial Court in Delhi holds that a Husband is under a Moral and Social Obligation to look after his Wife: State v. Madan Lal

By Anurag Gupta, Associate In State v. Madan Lal, SC NO. 80/11, Judgment dated September 29, 2012, a 26-year-old man, who had tried to kill his wife by firing at her, has been sentenced to seven years in jail by … Continue reading

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State of U.P. v. Munesh: Supreme Court Directs Courts in India not to Acquit Rapists on Technical Grounds

By Anurag Gupta, Associate In State of Uttar Pradesh v. Munesh [Criminal Appeal No. 180 of 2007], an appeal by the Uttar Pradesh Government challenging an Allahabad High Court decision to acquit a person who was awarded death penalty by … Continue reading

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