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Centre for review of SC verdict on Das

By SPl Correspondent

NEW DELHI, May 4 � Beleaguered Mahendra Nath Das�s legal ordeal may be far from over, with the Ministry of Home Affairs planning to file a fresh petition in the Supreme Court seeking review of the verdict commuting his death sentence to life imprisonment.

In a statement, issued selectively to the media by the Home Ministry, it has clarified that when a mercy petition is considered, a basic note is prepared by the division concerned and the Joint Secretary concerned submits the same through the Additional Secretary and the Home Secretary to the Home Minister.

The Home Ministry�s clarification came after the Supreme Court observed that former President Pratibha Devisingh Patil was �kept in the dark� by the Home Ministry about the view of her predecessor APJ Abdul Kalam, who had ordered commuting the death sentence of Das to life imprisonment.

In the case of Mahendra Nath Das, a basic note was prepared on September 30, 2010. Paragraph 10 of the basic note extracted the view recorded by President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam. The Joint Secretary, who submitted the note to the Home Minister, also referred to the view of President Dr Kalam.

The Home Minister recorded his advice to the President on October 12, 2010. Thereafter, a summary for the President was prepared and submitted to the President on October 18, 2010. President Patil gave her decision on May 8, 2011, the Home Ministry further clarified.

The Home Ministry said that it is likely to file a petition before the Supreme Court to review the order. Agencies quoted sources having said that the Home Ministry wants to put all the facts, the file and the minutes before the apex court and will plea for reconsideration of the order.

A judgement delivered by a Division Bench headed by Justice GS Singhvi noted that the then President Kalam considered the mercy petition in the light of the recommendations made by the Home Minister and passed the order.

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Centre for review of SC verdict on Das

NEW DELHI, May 4 � Beleaguered Mahendra Nath Das�s legal ordeal may be far from over, with the Ministry of Home Affairs planning to file a fresh petition in the Supreme Court seeking review of the verdict commuting his death sentence to life imprisonment.

In a statement, issued selectively to the media by the Home Ministry, it has clarified that when a mercy petition is considered, a basic note is prepared by the division concerned and the Joint Secretary concerned submits the same through the Additional Secretary and the Home Secretary to the Home Minister.

The Home Ministry�s clarification came after the Supreme Court observed that former President Pratibha Devisingh Patil was �kept in the dark� by the Home Ministry about the view of her predecessor APJ Abdul Kalam, who had ordered commuting the death sentence of Das to life imprisonment.

In the case of Mahendra Nath Das, a basic note was prepared on September 30, 2010. Paragraph 10 of the basic note extracted the view recorded by President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam. The Joint Secretary, who submitted the note to the Home Minister, also referred to the view of President Dr Kalam.

The Home Minister recorded his advice to the President on October 12, 2010. Thereafter, a summary for the President was prepared and submitted to the President on October 18, 2010. President Patil gave her decision on May 8, 2011, the Home Ministry further clarified.

The Home Ministry said that it is likely to file a petition before the Supreme Court to review the order. Agencies quoted sources having said that the Home Ministry wants to put all the facts, the file and the minutes before the apex court and will plea for reconsideration of the order.

A judgement delivered by a Division Bench headed by Justice GS Singhvi noted that the then President Kalam considered the mercy petition in the light of the recommendations made by the Home Minister and passed the order.

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