Afzhal Guru issue: Cong refrains from reacting

Congress on Wednesday steered clear of questions on decision on early execution of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru contending it was not proper to react to mercy petition cases submitted to the President.

New Delhi: Congress on Wednesday steered clear of
questions on decision on early execution of Parliament attack
convict Afzal Guru contending it was not proper to react to
mercy petition cases submitted to the President.
"It is also part of a system. The matter is with the
President. Just like it is not proper to say anything on
sub-judice cases, the same holds true with issues submitted to
the President,"party spokesman Rashid Alvi told reporters.

He was asked whether Congress would plead for an early
decision on the mercy petition of Guru. Government informed
Parliament today that there is no provision under the
Constitution for deciding upon any "clemency petition" against
capital punishment as per sequence of its submission.
Guru was convicted of conspiracy in the December 2001
attack on Parliament and was sentenced to death by the Supreme
Court in 2004.

However, Guru`s execution was stayed following a mercy
petition filed by his wife. He remains on death row.

PTI

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