The Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed the centre`s plea for review of its Jan 21 order which said the unexplained and inordinate delay in deciding the mercy petition is a ground for commutation of death sentence to life imprisonment.
Dharampal, a rape convict who murdered five members of the victim`s family while out on parole in 1993, will be hanged in Ambala prison, Haryana jail authorities said Thursday after the President rejected his mercy petition.
Amid demands for early execution of Afzal Guru, the special public prosecutor in the 2008 Mumbai terror attack case has made a strong pitch for a three-month deadline for the President to decide on any mercy petition.
The issue of clemency for Indian
death row prisoner Sarabjit Singh is neither under
consideration nor his mercy petition is pending with the
Pakistan President, the government informed a court on Tuesday.
The mercy petition for Afzal Guru, convicted and sentenced to death for his role in the Parliament House attack, has not yet been forwarded to President Pratibha Patil, Home Minister P. Chidambaram disclosed here Wednesday.