Staff Reporter

`Delhi Government is neither approving nor rejecting it'

NEW DELHI: Delhi Bharatiya Janata Party president Harsh Vardhan has written to Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit demanding that she return the file concerning the clemency petition of Afzal Guru to the Union Home Ministry with the recommendation that he be hanged immediately.

Stating that the clemency petition by Afzal Guru and his family was submitted to the President and the Home Ministry had sent the file to the Delhi Government for its recommendations according to rules, Dr. Vardhan charged that "due to the policy of appeasement the Delhi Government has kept this file pending for the past two-and-a-half months at the behest of Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit''.

The Delhi Government is neither approving nor rejecting it, he said.

Dr. Vardhan has pointed out to Ms. Dikshit that nine security force personnel were killed in the attack on Parliament. "Had the terrorists been successful in entering the Lok Sabha or the Rajya Sabha that day a large number of MPs would have been killed.''

Declaring that there was no "scope for politics'' in this case, Dr. Vardhan has written that it is regrettable that due to the policy of appeasement of the Congress and politics of votes, the Central and Delhi Government were deliberately trying to postpone the capital punishment of Afzal Guru, thereby demoralising the security forces.