Blanket restriction from remission by an executive policy is arbitrary: SC

The Supreme Court (SC), in a writ petition filed by a convict serving life imprisonment seeking directions for his pre-mature release whose release has been rejected, arbitrarily, based on the offence being in excluded categories from remissions, noted that “Blanket exclusion of certain offences, from the scope of grant of remission, especially by way of an executive policy, is not only arbitrary, but turns the ideals of reformation that run through our criminal justice system, on its head.”