New Delhi: With the speedy execution of 26/11 terrorist Ajmal Kasab days before the anniversary of Mumbai attacks, the focus is now firmly on the mercy petition of Afzal Guru.
Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said on Monday that he will have a look at the mercy petition of Parliament attack case convict Afzal Guru only after the Winter Session of Parliament.
The minister perhaps has forgotten he had earlier promised to hang Afzal Guru within 48 hours of file coming on his table. The mercy petiton file of Afzal was returned on August 1 to the cabinet for a review by Shinde.
On November 22, Shionde had said, "I think the Afzal file is still at President House. But if it comes to me, I will decide on it within 48 hours and send it back to the President without any delay."
Apart from Afzal Guru's file, I have seven other files, he said. "I dont have just 1 file, I have 7 cases. Everything will be seen to after the Parliament session."
Apart from rejecting Kasab's mercy petition, President Pranab Mukherjee has sent back seven mercy petition files, including that of Parliament attack convict Mohammad Afzal Guru, to Union home ministry seeking a re-look at its opinion.
He said the file related to the mercy petition of Guru, returned by President Pranab Mukherjee for review by him, was still with the Home Ministry.
"When Parliament is over, I will ask what is the status (of Guru's file). It is in the Ministry but has not come to me yet. I have to see his file in detail. I have to see it in depth."
The ongoing Winter Session of Parliament will come to an end on December 20.