Does the President actually have the power to pardon and is the decision final?
18, Jan 2020, 5:17 PM IST
President Ram Nath Kovind rejected the mercy petition filed by Mukesh Singh, one of the killers in the Nirbhaya case. He had sent a mercy petition to the President after the Supreme Court had rejected his curative plea. Let us take a look at the powers of the President in death sentence cases and whether the rejection of a mercy plea is a finality in this process.