Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit on Sunday stopped short of denying that former home minister Shivraj Patil had asked her government to delay a decision on parliament attack convict Afzal Guru's hanging. “May be what you are thinking is true,” Dikshit said when asked if Patil had asked her to keep the matter pending even if the home ministry sends frequent reminders.
Asked if there was political pressure on the issue, she said: “Political pressure was there and wasn’t there. I cannot say anything more on this.”
Dikshit was replying to questions on a show on Aaj Tak channel. The city government was sitting over Guru's file for almost four years and had got 16 reminders from the home ministry on the issue. It replied to the latest reminder, saying the matter was under “active consideration”.