The Congress hit out at the BJP for accusing it of being soft towards Afzal Guru and alleged that the main Opposition's disruption of the two Houses on the issue was "hypocritical and farcical".
Taking a swipe at the saffron party for its "temerity" to attack the Congress, spokesman Abhishek Singhvi recalled when the BJP was in power it released Peter Bleach, who was convicted in the Purulia arms dropping case.
During the NDA regime, dreaded terrorists were also escorted out of the country when the Indian Airlines plane was hijacked. He also said that he had a detailed list of 22 cases where the process under Article 72 was initiated in 1999-2000 but not completed by the BJP-led government.
"They are now lecturing us and accusing us of delaying action on Article 72. This is nothing but double speak," he charged, adding that the BJP's efforts to raise the matter was a pretext to disrupt Parliament.
According to Article 72 of the Constitution, the President has the power to grant pardons, reprieves or remissions of punishment or to suspend, remit or commute any sentence of any person.