New Delhi: At a time when the government is denying several demands of Team Anna on the grounds of supremacy of the Parliament, it has chosen to remain deaf and dumb regarding the issue of punishing the mastermind 2001 Parliament attack, Afzal Guru, under the guise of the President’s final decision over his execution.

Today when the country is observing tenth anniversary of the Parliament attack that claimed many innocent lives, the prime convict is breathing in the safe custody of government of India, despite the capital punishment in 2002 being awarded.

Afzal Guru, who was held guilty in the case, was awarded death sentence by a Delhi court on December 18, 2002, after being convicted of conspiracy for attacking the Parliament on December 13, 2001, claiming dozens of lives.

The Delhi High Court upheld the death sentence on October 29, 2003 and his appeal was further rejected by the Supreme Court two years later.

Subsequently, Afzal filed a mercy petition with the President in 2006, who forwarded it to Union Home Ministry for its recommendation.

However, the Home Ministry showed keenness and forwarded the plea to the Delhi government for its final comments, but it remained silent for four years and finally Lt Governor Tejendra Khanna batted for the execution of Afzal in 2010.

But the matter still remains in vain awaiting for the final nod of the President to impart justice to the martyrs who died for the sake of the country.

JPN/Bureau