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CIVIL LIBERTIES-Death Penalty and the Constitution

CIVIL LIBERTIES Death Penalty and the Constitution A G Noorani IT is doubtful if in the annals of judicial decision-making there is any precedent for a dissenting Judgment being delivered two years after the majority judgment. But this is precisely what happened on August 16, 1982, when Mr Justice P N Bhagwati delivered his dissenting judgment in Bachan Singh vs State of Punjab. The majority judgment was delivered on May 9, 1980 by Mr Justice R S Sarkaria on behalf of himself and Chief Justice Y V Chandrachud, A C Gupta and N L Untwalia J J. Since then Gupta, Untwalia and Sarkaria have retired. As it is, the majority took about six months to deliver its judgment. That should have sufficed for Mr Justice Bhagwati also. The issue was of the highest importance

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