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Parliament attack convict Guru seeks review

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, July 5: Shaukat Hussain Guru, one of those convicted in the December 13 Parliament terrorist attack case, today filed a curative petition in the Supreme Court seeking review of 10-year imprisonment handed down to him.

The petitioner along with an Urdu lecturer at the Zakir Hussain College, S A R Geelani, and another accomplice, Mohd Afzal, was sentenced to death by the trial court on December 18, 2002 for hatching a conspiracy to attack Parliament. However, while the capital punishment awarded to Guru and Afzal was confirmed by the Delhi High Court, Geelani and his wife Navjot Sidhu alias Afsana Guru were acquitted.

In 2004, the Supreme Court exonerated Guru of the charges of criminal conspiracy and convicted him for harbouring militants who were involved in the attack.

Curative petition is the last opportunity given to a convict to prove his innocence. The matter is decided by a five-judge bench, comprising the senior-most judges of the apex court as well as the judge who originally announced the verdict, to examine if there are any grounds for reconsideration.

Five security personnel were killed in the audacious terrorist attack on Parliament.


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