SC issues guidelines to be followed for sentencing & remissions in heinous offence cases

The Supreme Court (SC), while dealing with the issue of determinative factors while ascertaining the number of years a convict has to undergo before remission in heinous offences cases, has laid down 8 factors to be considered by the courts which, inter alia, includes the number, age and gender of victims, nature of injuries, motive of the accused, premeditated nature of offence etc. The SC while taking note of the presence of abovementioned factors and the mitigating circumstance in the case at hand, upheld the order of sentence passed by the Kerala High Court.