New Delhi (Agencies): The Supreme Court on Friday asked Centre’s response on a plea by Afzal Guru for transfer to a prison in Jammu and Kashmir from Tihar Jail.

Afzal Guru, who has been sentenced to death for plotting the December 2001 attack, had approached the apex court for its directions to the government to transfer him to a prison in his home state since his family members live there and that it was difficult for them to come over to the national capital to meet him.

While issuing notice to the government, a bench of Justices Aftab Alam and RM Lodha also asked Afzal's lawyer if he would be agreeable to any other place except Jammu and Kashmir.

The lawyer appearing for Afzal told the bench that a jail in Pathankot in Punjab would be suitable as it is nearer to Jammu and Kashmir.

In his petition, filed through advocate Kamakshi Singh Mahilwal, Afzal Guru pleaded that he has an 11-year-old son, while his mother is above 80 and it is difficult for them to come over to Delhi.

He added that it was also not possible for his family to bear the cost of their travel from Jammu and Kashmir to Delhi.

The court after hearing Afzal's plea asked his counsel if it is justified to transfer a convict to another jail on this ground.