Referred to Larger Bench XXXI: Two Sets of Three-Judge Benches
There exists a clear conflict. It is necessary to have clarity.
Same-Day Sentencing in a Capital Offence violates Principles of Natural Justice and is opposed to Section 235(2) of The Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973.
Dattaraya v. State of Maharashtra, (2020) 14 SCC 290; Bhagwani v. State of Madhya Pradesh, Criminal Appeal Nos. 101-102 of 2022; Manoj & Ors. v. State of Madhya Pradesh, Criminal Appeal Nos. 248- 250 of 2015.
Same-Day Conviction and Sentencing would not vitiate Sentence.
Shatrughna Baban Meshram v. State of Maharashtra, (2021) 1 SCC 596; Manoj Suryavanshi v. State of Chhatisgarh (2020) 4 SCC 451; Mohd. Mannan v. State of Bihar, (2019) 16 SCC 584; Vasanta Sampatha Dupare v. State of Maharashtra, (2018) 6 SCC 631; Mukesh v. State for NCT of Delhi, (2017) 6 SCC 1; B.A. Umesh v. High Court of Karnataka, (2017) 4 SCC 124.
Manoj Pratap Singh v. State of Rajasthan, Criminal Appeal Nos. 910-911 of 2022 is an example, where ‘sufficient time’ for compliance with Section 235(2) was considered. Apprehension was recorded in Manoj & Ors. v. State of Madhya Pradesh, Criminal Appeal Nos. 248- 250 of 2015 relating to absence of a framework.
Reference to a Larger Bench of Five Hon’ble Judges.
– Hon’ble Justice S. Ravindra Bhat, In Re: Mitigating Circumstances, Death Sentences, [Suo Motu Writ Petition (Criminal) No. 1 of 2022] decided on 19.09.2022.