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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

2001 PARLIAMENT ATTACK CASE: Reject Afzal Guru's mercy petition, Home Ministry tells President!

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NDTV Correspondent / Agencies / Updated: August 10, 2011 18:51 IST.

New Delhi:  The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has asked President Pratibha Patil to reject Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru's mercy petition.

The ministry had sent Guru's file to the President's Secretariat for a decision last week.

"The mercy petition case of death convict Mohd. Afzal Guru has since been submitted to the President's Secretariat on July 27, 2011 for a decision," Minister of State for Home Mullappally Ramachandran informed Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.

He was responding to a question on why the government is not taking steps with regard to expediting the pending mercy petition of death row convict Guru.

Asked whether there is any provision under the Constitution for deciding upon any "clemency petition" against capital punishment as per sequence of its submission, the Minister said, "There is no Constitutional provision. It was an administrative decision to ensure fair and urgent treatment of all cases".

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