Recently, the Supreme Court took suo motu cognizance of the sentencing process of capital punishment. The Bench of Justice U.U. Lalit, Justice S. Ravindra Bhat and Justice P.S. Narasimha issued notice to National Legal Service Authority and said that it will create guidelines to streamline the sentencing process.
The suo motu relates to the lack of rigorous objective criteria and mechanism in identification of mitigating circumstances. Since 1980, it has been held that by taking into account the mitigating factors a humane and balanced judgement may be delivered for death row convicts.