Press Council of India chairman Markandey Katju on Saturday appealed to Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy to grant remission of sentence to Abdul Qadeer who is serving a life term for shooting down Assistant Commissioner of Police, Sattaiah, near Chatrinaka in Old City in the early nineties. There was, however, no response from Mr. Reddy.
Qadeer was released on a 60-day parole last month on the ground that one of his legs was amputated due to gangrene. Admitting that the convict deserved harsh treatment, Justice Katju brought to the Chief Minister’s notice at the ‘Urdu virasat karavan’ that the prisoner had suffered enough punishment for 22 years. “Your prestige will go sky high if you release him,” he said. To emphasise his point, Justice Katju recited a quote from Shakespeare’s ‘Merchant of Venice’. He invited volunteers to work for an NGO ‘Court of last resort’ to be launched by noted lawyer Fali Nariman in New Delhi on April 15 to take up cases as that of Qadeer.