I have been wondering for some time if it isn't high time President and Governors are stripped off their power to grant clemency vested on them by Article 72 and 161 respectively of the Constitution. My points are: 1. The power is being abused politically to pick and choose the timing of the rejection or acceptance of the plea, affecting the credibility of all institutions involved in the process. 2. It assumes that there is more judicial wisdom outside the country's apex court which is sheer fallacy and undermines, to some extent, the sanctity of the judicial process. 3. The power to grant clemency in India is a derived from the British crown's right over the lives of its citizens and is anachronistic in a republic like India.