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Congress steers clear of Afzal issue

Congress on Wednesday steered clear of the clemency issue of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, saying it was a matter to be decided by the President, the central government and Delhi govt which have the "all the facts".



New Delhi: Congress on Wednesday steered clear of
the clemency issue of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru,
saying it was a matter to be decided by the President, the
central government and Delhi government which have the "all
the facts".

"There is no need to comment... It is outside our
purview," Congress spokesman Abhishek Singhvi said at a press
briefing when asked for the party`s views on Afzal mercy
petition regarding which the file is going back and forth
between the Delhi government and Lt Governor Tejinder Khanna.

Singhvi said it was a Constitutional process and a
decision had to be taken by the President, the Central
government and Delhi government which have "all the facts".

He said there are "competent people" in these
institutions who will take the decision.

The Delhi government, which had been sitting on Afzal`s
file for last four years, on Monday sent it to the Lt Governor
with comments that it had no objection to the hanging but its
implications on law and order needed to be kept in mind.

The Lt Governor returned it yesterday, seeking more
clarity of opinion.

The Delhi government today sent it back with some "minor
clarifications".

PTI

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