Govt yet to decide on Afzal mercy plea: PM
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday night said the government is in the process of deciding on the plea for clemency for Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist Mohd Afzal sentenced to death in Parliament attack case and the law will take its own course.
"The legal process is on. The due process will be followed. Law will take its own course," he told reporters after the swearing-in ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
The mercy plea has been sent to the Union Home Ministry by President APJ Abdul Kalam for the government's view. The Home Ministry is awaiting a report from the government of Delhi, where the crime had taken place, on the issue.
A trial court had ordered Afzal's hanging on October 20 but the execution of the sentence has been put on hold following the mercy plea.
While Afzal was given capital punishment in the December 13, 2001 attack, Shaukat Hussain Guru was sentenced to 10 years' imprisonment.