Q.5)What are the pardoning powers of the President of India? Discuss how they are different from those given to the Governors of states.
Why this Question:
Recently, the Tamil Nadu Governor has refrained from taking a call on a plea for the early release of Rajiv Gandhi assassination case convict A.G. Perarivalan and referred the President as the appropriate authority to do so.
Key demand of the question:
Differences between the pardoning powers of the President and the Governors.
Discuss- back up the answer by carefully selected evidence to make a case for and against an argument, or point out the advantages and disadvantages of the given context and finally arrive at a conclusion.
Define what pardoning powers are and their position in the Constitution of India.
In the first part, explain in detail the pardoning powers of the President of India. Mention some cases where the President used her pardoning powers.
In the next part, outline the differences between the pardoning powers of the President and those of the Governor. Highlight the controversy behind these powers in recent times.
Conclude with a way forward.