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Death penalty better than entire life behind bars: SC

New Delhi: The award of life imprisonment with a rider that it means “remainder of life” today came under sharp attack from the Supreme Court which said that it would be better to award death penalty to such convicts.

The remarks came while hearing a petition of the Centre against Tamil Nadu Government’s decision to set free convicts of the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case in which the court on Thursday allowed states to exercise power of remission in certain class of cases.

“We follow the reformatory penal system,” the bench said, adding that if there is no scope of remission, then why a convict, serving life term, would try to reform himself. (With inputs from agencies)