Kolkata: Former Supreme Court judge Ashok Ganguly today raised doubts over the handling of the 2013 execution of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, saying human rights prevail as long as the noose is not tightened around the neck.
“I am saying as a (former) judge the way the execution took place – his clemency petition was rejected on February 3 and the execution took place on February 9.This is wrong. He had the right to challenge it.
I think it is possible to hold an honest opinion that the Afzal Guru case was perhaps not correctly decided
—P.Chidambaram, former finance minister of India
Family members have the right to be informed about it. The human right is there as long as the noose is not tightened around the neck,” he said.
The former apex court judge was speaking at aid at the Telegraph National Debate here.
Hanging of Afzal Guru and Yakub Memon were politically motivated. There were some grounds for favouring the mercy petition of Yakub Memon. Afzal Guru was let down by the executive
—Justice AP Shah, ex-Delhi HC chief justice and former chairman of the Law Commission