As many as 14 mercy petitions from 18 convicts are pending before President Pranab Mukherjee, following the rejection of a similar plea from Mumbai terror attacks convict Ajmal Kasab, who was hanged in Pune on Wednesday morning.
Among the pleas pending is one from Mohammed Afzal Guru, a death row convict in the December 2001 terror attack on parliament.
This is probably the first mercy plea on which Mukherjee has taken a decision.
As per information available from the home ministry, in response to an RTI query from activist Subhash Chandra Agrawal, there were 15 mercy petitions from 19 condemned prisoners under Article 72 of the Constitution till 5 November, when Mukherjee rejected the petition from Kasab.
One of the mercy pleas submitted in March this year from Balwant Singh Rajoana, killer of Punjab chief minister Beant Singh, is also part of the list.
Among the states, Karnataka has the highest number of petitions pending: four from seven convicts on death row.
Haryana and Uttar Pradesh come second, each with two petitions from three condemned prisoners… Click Here