Psychological check of ward convicts is crucial, says Supreme Court

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In a vital order, the Top Court has created it clear that the psychological analysis of condemned prisoners by skilled doctors, and access to them by mitigating investigators, ar essential before the hearing begins on their appeals against the corporal punishment.

A Bench headed by CJI of India U.U. Lalit aforementioned these reports would offer valuable help for the Court to own associate freelance and holistic image of the physical and mental condition and background of the condemned person whose life hangs in balance.

The Apex Court was hearing appeals against the death sentence filed by convicts Prakash Vishwanath Darandale and Ramesh Vishwanath Darandale, presently lodged in Nashik Central Jail. They were found guilty of a brutal murder in 2013.

The HC earlier had confirmed their corporal punishment. Their appeals were admitted by the Supreme Court in could 2020 and also the execution of their death sentence was stayed.

The Bench's recent order aforementioned the Court has been of late concentration on the psychological analysis of convicts in corporal punishment cases. Further, mitigation consultants have to be compelled to tend access to the prisoners to dig out any circumstances which can facilitate the Court whereas it hears the Appeal. something unmarked would cause irreparable consequences in corporal punishment cases.

"Facets touching upon the character and behavior of the appellant(s) would be essential so as to own a whole assessment within the matter," the Court aforementioned within the gift case.

It ordered the Director/Head, Dr. Vasantrao Pawar Medical faculty Hospital and analysis Centre, Nashik, Maharashtra to represent an appropriate team for the psychological analysis of the accused/appellant(s) in these cases and send a report before succeeding date of hearing.

The Bench additional allowed Katherine Deborah Joy and Baljeet Kaur, who are related to Project 39-A of the National Law University metropolis, to own access to the 2 convicts in jail to gather data which will be relevant to their sentencing and submit a report in Court.