New Delhi: Even as the government continues to postpone taking a decision on Afzal Guru’s death sentence, another convict in the 2001 Parliament attack case Shaukat Hussain Guru was released from prison yesterday, a newspaper report said Thursday.
He was sentenced to 10 years` rigorous imprisonment and a fine of Rs 25,000 by the Supreme Court in 2005 in connection with the case and was released nine months prior to his official date of release due to his "good conduct", the report said.
During the trial, no direct link was established between him and the actual conspiracy behind the attack but Shaukat was found guilty for suppressing information.
In 2008, his petition challenging his imprisonment was dismissed by the Supreme Court.
However, Afzal Guru, the main convict in the case, is still awaiting a decision on his mercy petition by the government.
Guru was awarded death sentence by a Delhi court on December 18, 2002 after being convicted of conspiracy to attack Parliament on December 13, 2001, waging war against the country and murder.
The death sentence was upheld by Delhi high court on October 29, 2003 and his appeal was rejected by the Supreme Court two years later on August 4, 2005.
A Sessions Court had fixed the date of his hanging on October 20, 2006 in Tihar jail.