New Dimensions of Power of Pa rdon in India
Power of pardon has been in use since time immemorial. This is not just a power but a duty
also. Due to the lengthy procedure, there is some delay in disposing of the pardoning petitions. Dela y
adversely affects the prisoners’ rights and sometimes even the mental health of the prisoners also.
This paper discusses the various issues in relation to the power of pardon such as delay involved in
disposal of mercy petitions, human rights of prisoners being affected by such delay and fruitful
guidelines provided by the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India.