IT WAS indeed a murder of an insane person by the system, who did the crime only out of his insanity. Even his mercy petition was drafted by some lay person who just replaced name of petitioner by retaining facts and circumstances the same from where the mercy petition was copied.
There should be a rule to finally decide on mercy petitions within three months of their filing, and hanging done within one week of rejection of mercy petition. Indecision can repeat incidents like the infamous hijack of IC-814 at Kandhar to get death convicts like Afzal Guru freed before being hanged.
Earlier, there was a system to decide mercy petitions according to date of the mercy petition. But after it was noted that rich convicts postponed death punishment through long stretch of court-cases at various levels - it was later decided to decide mercy petitions on the basis of date of trial-court judgments, even though most logical concept would have been to decide mercy petitions on basis of date of crime.
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