Gadkari says `not sure` whether Kasab will be executed
Welcoming the capital punishment awarded to Pakistani gunman Ajmal Kasab, BJP chief Nitin Gadkari today said he was "not sure" whether the sentence would be carried out.
Panaji: Welcoming the capital punishment
awarded to Pakistani gunman Ajmal Kasab, BJP chief Nitin
Gadkari today said he was "not sure" whether the sentence
would be carried out.
"I am not sure. Afzal Guru (convicted for 2001 Parliament
attack) who was sentenced to death is still there," Gadkari
said when asked whether the death penalty would be carried
Criticising the UPA government for not executing convicts
like Afzal Guru, the BJP President said there are many in the
line who are awarded capital punishment but "not hanged as
Congress is playing vote-bank politics".
"Linking terrorism to vote bank politics is not right.
Criminals are criminals. Terrorists are terrorists," Gadkari
The death sentence given to 22-year-old Kasab may take
years to be executed as the lone captured terrorist of Mumbai
attacks could be 30th in the list of prisoners who are waiting
to be sent to the gallows.
Today`s order by judge M L Tahaliyani is the first step
of a long process which will include appeals before higher
courts and most importantly, if he exercises his right, a
clemency petition before the President.
At present, 29 such cases are pending before the
President waiting a decision on their clemency petition.