10 Tihar inmates facing death penalty
Nine more inmates of Tihar jail apart from Parliament attacker Mohammad Afzal are facing capital punishment.india Updated: Jan 31, 2007 20:15 IST
Mohammad Afzal, convicted for his role in the 2001 attack on the Parliament, is not the only inmate at the Tihar jail in New Delhi facing capital punishment. There are nine more.
Of the 10 convicts, two have filed mercy petitions before the President and three have their special leave petitions pending before the Supreme Court. The petitions of the others are in the Delhi High Court.
"Ten inmates are facing the gallows but they have appealed to various authorities for reconsideration of their punishment. We are ready to execute them as per the direction of the judiciary," jail director general Brijesh Gupta told reporters on Wednesday.
A trial court sentenced Afzal to death on Dec 18, 2002 and the Delhi High Court confirmed the sentence in August 2005. The apex court, which ratified it last year, has dismissed his special leave petition and curative petition.
However, Afzal's mercy petition is still pending before the President.
Among the others, Mohammad Arif was convicted on Oct 31, 2005 for the terror attack on the Red Fort in New Delhi in December 2000 along with his Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) lieutenants.
He has appealed against the sentence before the Delhi High Court, where his petition is pending.
Sushil Sharma, convicted for murdering his wife Naina Sahni and burning her body in a tandoor (clay oven), has moved the Delhi High Court with a petition to review the death penalty awarded on Nov 7, 2003.
Davinder Pal Singh Bhullar, a Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF) terrorist, was sentenced on Aug 25, 2001 for his involvement in a bomb attack. The Supreme Court dismissed his special leave petition on Dec 27, 2006. His mercy petition is with the President.
SK Singh, sentenced on Oct 17, 2006 by the Delhi High Court, has moved the apex court. A local court awarded capital punishment to Mohammed Hussain on Nov 11, 2003 and the Delhi High Court upheld the judgement on Aug 4, 2004. His special leave petition is pending before the Supreme Court.
Others facing the death row are Atbir, Zameel Ahemad, Dilshad and RP Tyagi.
Tihar, one of the biggest prisons of South Asia, is home to over 14,000 prisoners as against its capacity of 6,250. It has 864 prisoners including 25 females who have been awarded life term.