“Khanna found that most convicts named by the board for amnesty were involved in heinous crimes. That’s why he has asked the board to reconsider its recommendations,” a senior official in Khanna’s office said.
The board, chaired by chief minister Sheila Dikshit, had decided to commute the life sentences of eight convicts in its meeting on August 8 and had sent the recommendations to Khanna for his approval and notification. Khanna, however, returned the file to the board for reconsideration. Dikhsit, later, called his action “not a usual practice”.
According to an official, the eight convicts who were to be granted amnesty include at least two who kidnapped and murdered young girls in separate cases to exact revenge from their parents. Such cases, said officials, were unpardonable.