Guru file likely to be sent to Home Ministry in a week

"The Lieutenant Governor is studying the file minutely. Most likely, it will be sent to Home Ministry within next one week," a senior official in Khanna's office told reporters. The Delhi government last week sent its views on Guru's mercy petition to the Lieutenant Governor with comments that it had no objection to the hanging but its implications on law and order needed to be kept in mind.

The city government's move came after the 16th reminder from Union Home Ministry recently seeking its opinion on the matter. The Delhi government has taken nearly four years to give its opinion and the capital punishment awarded to Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Amir Kasab in the Mumbai attacks case brought the issue under fresh focus. Meanwhile, Guru has approached Delhi government seeking his transfer from the Tihar jail here to a prison in his home state of Jammu and Kashmir.

After receiving the application, the Delhi government has sent it to the Jammu and Kashmir government for its opinion. "We have received an application from him recently in which he sought transfer from Tihar to his home state of Jammu and Kashmir. We have sent the application to the Jammu and Kashmir government for its opinion," a senior Delhi government official said.

Guru, a resident of Sopore in the Kashmir Valley, sought the transfer stating it is very difficult for his family to come to Delhi regularly to meet him. He has been lodged in Tihar jail for nearly nine years. He was awarded death sentence by a Delhi court on December 18, 2002 after convicting him for attack on Parliament on December 13, 2001. The death sentence was upheld by Delhi High Court on October 29, 2003 and his appeal was rejected by the Supreme Court two years later on August four, 2005.

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