Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday rang up Presidency University Vice-Chancellor Malabika Sarkar and said she was devastated by the vandalism at the Baker Laboratory on April 10.
"Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee called me up. She said that she was devastated by the incident as Presidency University is a dream project. She expressed her grief over what happened," Sarkar told students of the university during an interactive session.
Banerjee`s telephone call came in the backdrop of allegations that the perpetrators belonged to the ruling Trinamool Congress who were protesting against SFI members heckling her and manhandling the finance minister in Delhi on April 9.
The chief minister is currently under treatment at a private clinic after she complained of joint pains, breathing problem and palpitation and was advised rest on her return from Delhi on April 10.
The apex court also noted that Bhullar`s plea remained pending before the President from May 2005 and May 2011 due to "immense pressure brought upon the government" in the form of representations by various political and non-political functionaries and organisations.
It also noted that during that period a large number of mercy petitions remained pending with the President and the Ministry of Home Affairs "failed" to take appropriate steps to remind the President`s Secretariat about the dire necessity of the disposal of the pending pleas.
The apex court in its judgement also took note of the time taken, since the 1998 NDA regime, in deciding condemned prisoners` clemency pleas.
The bench noted that while none of the 14 mercy pleas submitted before the President`s Secretariat during NDA regime from March 1998 to May 2004 were decided, 13 of the 32 clemency petitions filed during UPA II regime, from May 2009 till date, were decided.