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Will government delay the execution of Kasab, asks BJP

September 18, 2012 21:51 IST

As the lone surviving perpetrator of the Mumbai terror attacks Ajmal Kasab filed a mercy petition before the President against his death sentence, the Bharatiya Janata Party on Tuesday sought to know if the government would delay his execution for "vote-bank politics" or deal with it on a priority basis.

"The BJP would like to know from the government if Kasab's mercy petition would be dealt in the same manner in which Afzal Guru's mercy petition has been dealt with. Will the government do it on some priority basis or delay it and do vote-bank politics," BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters.

He alleged that the government wants to delay the execution of Kasab's death sentence in the same way as it is doing with Afzal Guru's.

"There is no law which prevents the expeditious disposal of mercy petitions. We should not forget that even if it is the case of Afzal Guru or the case of Ajmal Kazab, the nature of the crime involves an attack on India," Prasad said.

On death row for the brazen Mumbai terror attacks, Kasab has filed a mercy petition before the President, a fortnight after losing his legal battle for life in the Supreme Court.

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