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MHA seeks Delhi govt's view in Afzal case; CM says no idea

delhi Updated: May 17, 2010 18:50 IST

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In yet another reminder to Delhi government, the Union Home Ministry has sought its opinion on the mercy petition of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru who has been sentenced to death, but Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Monday said she was not aware of any such move.

Sources in the Union Home Ministry said it had sent a letter nearly a month ago to the Delhi government, reminding that it wanted to know its opinion on Afzal Guru's mercy petition.

It was a "routine letter", the sources said.

However, when asked about it, Dikshit said she was not aware of any such letter sent by the Union Home Ministry.

"I have not received any letter (from Home Ministry). May be the Home Department (of the Delhi government received it)," said Dikshit, who incidentally is in-charge of the Home Department.

The sources said this was the 16th such letter sent to the Delhi government over this issue.

Afzal Guru was awarded death by a local court on December 18, 2002 after being convicted of conspiracy to attack the Parliament on December 13, 2001, waging war against India and murder.

The death sentence was upheld by Delhi High Court on October 29, 2003 and his appeal was rejected by the Supreme Court two years later on August four, 2005.

A sessions court also fixed the date of his hanging on October 20, 2006 in Tihar jail.

Following this, the convict filed a mercy petition with President of India, who forwarded it to Union Home Ministry for its comments.

The Union Home Ministry, in turn, sent the report to Delhi Government's Home Department for its comments, as per the standard requirement as the execution was to be held in the capital.

The main opposition BJP has been repeatedly questioning the delay in hanging Afzal Guru.