This refers to the hanging of Afzal Guru which followed the rejection of his mercy petition by the President – a decision which the two former presidents thought better to postpone. Was the conscience of last two presidents not allowing them to reject his mercy petition. If the judgment will be taken not to deliver justice but to satisfy the collective conscience of the society then what is the use of law? Why are there courts and judges? Why is there a constitution? The collective conscience of Indian society can take a decision. Let’s have a referendum on every major issue and do what the collective conscience society says.
Let’s see if the Afzal Guru case becomes (unfortunately) an example for lawyers and judges across the country for asking and awarding capital punishment or it will give us a chance to introspect our judicial system.
Syed Zubair Ahmad
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