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Death sentence of two commuted to life in prison

Last Updated: Monday, August 1, 2011 - 21:53

New Delhi: President Pratibha Patil has
commuted the death sentence of two murder convicts of Uttar
Pradesh to life in prison.

"The mercy petition of convicts, namely, Sattan and Guddu
of Uttar Pradesh was considered under Article 72 of the
Constitution and their death sentences were commuted to
imprisonment for life for the remainder of their natural
lives," Home Minister P Chidambaram told reporters here on Monday.

Both sattan and Guddu have been on death row since 2009.
They murdered six members of a family and a trial court
sentenced four accused to death.

But the High Court overturned the sentence awarded to two.
In 2009, the Supreme Court upheld the death sentence to Sattan
and Guddu.

Asked about the status of the Parliament attack case
convict Afzal Guru, whose mercy petition was also pending
before the President, Chidambaram said, "I can`t share with
you any information about any mercy petition until the
President decides on the mercy petition".

"Whatever decision is taken, it will be shared with you,"
he said.


First Published: Monday, August 1, 2011 - 21:53

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