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Govt yet to decide on Afzal's mercy plea

October 20, 2006 20:39 IST

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday night said government is in the process of deciding on the plea for clemency for Mohammad Afzal, sentenced to death in the Parliament attack case, and a final call will be taken by the President.

"The process is on," Dr Singh told reporters at the Iftar dinner hosted by him on being asked about the status of the mercy plea filed on behalf of Afzal.

"The final call will be taken by the President," he said.

The mercy plea has been sent to the Union Home Ministry by President A P J Abdul Kalam for the government's view. The Home Ministry is awaiting a report from the government of Delhi, where the crime had taken place, on the issue.

A trial court had ordered that Afzal be hanged on Friday but the execution of the sentence has been put on hold following the mercy plea. While Afzal was given capital punishment in the December 13, 2001 attack, Shaukat Hussain Guru was sentenced to ten years' imprisonment.

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I read Mr.Mahesh message dated 26th October 2006 condemning that the Central Government never act on the judgments of the Supreme Court with mixed feelings.I ...

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afzal's mother were here to plead to president where were they while he was planning all this , this shows they have no control over ...

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hi all I feel this is rediculuous to even think about any kind of mercy for AFZAL . Indian governmet feels proud in showing mercy ...

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What can you call this government other than impotent and coward? The SC decisions are no more honoured by the Government themsalves. Where the country ...

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A government incapable of carrying out a Supreme Court judgement has no right to continue in office. It is a deshdrohi sarkar and the people ...

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