New Delhi: The decisions on mercy petitions
of condemned prisoners are known to take years but the then
President had in 1996 rejected a plea within six days -- the
shortest duration to decide on a clemency plea.
The case was of Ravji of Rajasthan who was convicted for
hacking his pregnant wife and three minor sons to death.
Then President Shankar Dayal Sharma took just six days to
decide on his plea and reject it, reveals a RTI reply from
"As per available records, mercy petition of one
condemned prisoner namely Ravji alias Ram Chandra from
Rajasthan has been decided on shortest time as his mercy
petition was sent to President`s Secretariat for a decision on
March 13, 1996 and decision had been taken taken for rejection
of petition on March 19, 1996," said the reply to S C Agrawal.
The ministry also said that sequence is followed in
deciding on mercy petitions.
There are 24 mercy petitions pending at various stages.
These include that of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru
which has snowballed into a major political controversy.