Afzal’s mercy plea file to be sent to Prez
The Union home ministry will soon submit its report to the President on the mercy petition filed by the 2001 Parliament attack case convict Afzal Guru, who is on death row. HT reports.delhi Updated: Jun 02, 2011 02:47 IST
The Union home ministry will soon submit its report to the President on the mercy petition filed by the 2001 Parliament attack case convict Afzal Guru, who is on death row.
The ministry has already submitted the petitions of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s assassins to the President for a final decision. Three convicts —Murugan, Santhan and Arivu are on death row in the assassination case.
Home minister P Chidambaram told reporters on Wednesday, "The (Afzal Guru) case is required to be submitted. It will be submitted as soon as we reach there, which is not far away." Guru was convicted and sentenced to death in the Parliament attack case of December 13, 2001. His death sentence was upheld by the Supreme Court in 2004. Afzal’s execution was stayed following a mercy petition filed by his wife and he has been on death row since 2006.
The home minister said there were 31 cases of convicts sentenced to death in all and out of them 19 cases have been resubmitted to the President. A case is resubmitted when a file is sent by Rashtrapati Bhawan for further clarification.
Chidambaram said that of the 19 resubmitted cases, a decision has been taken in 11 cases in the past 30 months.
The minister said he was expecting decisions from the President on the remaining eight cases as well.