Expressing surprise that a convict is practising law after release from prison following the remission granted to him, the apex court went on to ask if a convict can even practice law? The issue really is whether a convicted person be allowed to practise law after being released
The Court has told Gujarat government that it is on thin ice regarding granting remission to the 11 convicts. Remission is normally given only after seeing the good conduct, reformation and health of the convict
State governments have over the years made changes in remission policies knowing that the criminal justice system has come a long way from using punishment for instilling fear to understanding punishment as a penance that aims to persuade offenders to repent, reform and reconcile. Yet the question that remains unanswered is—will a leopard ever change its spots?