The Supreme Court today said that it would be “unfair” to show leniency to women convicts serving term for serious offences. After making this statement, the Supreme Court set aside the Himachal Pradesh High Court verdict that had allowed a woman to be freed by increasing the fine that was to be paid. The woman was involved in drugging a person and robbing him. The trial court had given her 2-year jail term and imposed a fine of Rs 6,000. However, when she pleaded her case in the High Court, saying that she had three minor kids, the High Court set her free and increased her fine to Rs 30,000.
The High Court’s verdict was challenged by the state in the Supreme Court, which has now reversed the verdict. The judgment was given by a bench comprising Justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan. The judges opined that leniency had already been shown by the trial court and there was no scope for further mercy by the High Court. The bench observed that leniency cannot be shown beyond what has been allowed in the statutory scheme.