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The Supreme Court Wednesday issued notice to the central government on a petition filed by an NGO seeking time-bound disposal of mercy petitions lying with President Pratibha Patil.

Justice B. Sudershan Reddy and Justice S.S. Nijjar issued the notice, returnable in four weeks.

NGO Justice on Trial has sought direction to the government to dispose off all mercy petitions within three months.

The petitioner has said that one of the touchstones of the public considerations is that the mercy petitions should be decided expeditiously in a just and fair manner.


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