Guru’s Hanging was Not Selective: Shinde


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Dismissing Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah’s accusation that the execution of Afzal Guru was “selective”, the Centre on Monday said the cases of killers of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh were different.

Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said Afzal’s execution was not a political decision but done according to rules.”The cases of Rajiv Gandhi and the Chief Minister, Singh are still pending in Supreme Court. After rejection (of the mercy petitions) cases were filed in the Madras High Court and Supreme Court. These cases are still under consideration before the judiciary. Hence it (Afzal) is different from these cases,” he is reported to have said in a press conference in New Delhi.

He was responding to questions why the Government showed tearing hurry in executing Afzal Guru while the killers of Gandhi and Singh were given options.

Omar also had said a day before that it will have to be proved to Kashmiris and to the world that the execution of Afzal Guru is not a “selective” one. Omar had asked if attack on the Parliament was an attack on symbol of democracy, is an attack on Chief Minister and former Prime Minister not an attack on democracy.


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