Records related to the hanging of Afzal Guru not to be made public
In respect of the appeal seeking information about the execution of Afzal Guru, the bench of Prof. M. Sridhar Acharyulu had ordered as under. File No.CIC/SS/A/2013/002083SA (Date of hearing: 26092014 and Date of decision: 01102014)
a. provide certified copy of death warrant for the execution of Afzal Guru,
b. provide communication sent to family members of Afzal about the date of execution with date and dispatch number.
c. Reexamine with due application of mind what information could be given after separating it from what could not be given regarding point 8, and if it is difficult to separate or block certain names and sentences of the correspondence, they may choose to narrate the process of fixation of date for execution and time provided for the communication about the same, as the appellant raised an issue of sufficient time being given for family members about execution.
d. provide relevant extract of rules and regulation through which the execution is generally carried in Tihar Jail and
e. not to disclose the name or designation of authority who has fixed the date of execution of Afzal Guru and
f. not to give the video recording of execution, but inform whether it was recorded.
The Aligarh- based RTI applicant Paras Nath Singh has received a communication from Sunil Kumar, Law Officer (Prisons) at Tihar which says that the Prison Department is going to file an appeal before the High Court of Delhi against the decision of CIC. The department has not obtained any stay against the order of the CIC but the information is unlikely to be disclosed to the applicant.
The 34-year-old Guru was hanged on February 9, 2013 for his role in the December, 2001 terrorist attack on Parliament.