New Delhi: The government on Tuesday said 18 clemency petitions, filed by the death convicts or their family members, were pending with it.
  
"Presently, 18 mercy petition cases of death convicts are pending under Article 72 of the Constitution," Minister of State for Home Mullappally Ramachandran informed Lok Sabha on Tuesday.
   
The Minister said as per the order of the Supreme Court, the cases of mercy petitions are processed expeditiously in consultation with the governments/departments concerned for a final decision of the President of India, under Article 72 of the Constitution.
    
"However, the power under Article 72 of the Constitution does not contain any limitation as to the time in which the power conferred might be exercised," he said.

(Agencies)