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India: Further information on death penalty

, Index number: ASA 20/045/1996

Gantela Vijayavardhana Rao, aged 25, Satuluri Chalapathi Rao, aged 24: On 25 September 1996, the High Court of Andhra Pradesh stayed the execution of the above.

EXTERNAL AI Index: ASA 20/45/96
27 September 1996
Further information on UA 39/96 (ASA 20/06/96, 16 February 1996) and follow-ups
(ASA 20/14/96, 25 March; ASA 20/20/96, 16 May; ASA 20/40/96, 30 August; ASA
20/43/96, 13 September) - Death Penalty
INDIA Gantela Vijayavardhana Rao, aged 25
Satuluri Chalapathi Rao, aged 24
On 25 September 1996, the High Court of Andhra Pradesh stayed the execution
of Gantela Vijayavardhana Rao and Satuluri Chalapathi Rao. The stay order was
passed in response to a writ petition filed by the Andhra Pradesh Civil Liberties
Committee, in which they asked that the execution be delayed until the mercy
petitions which the two men have filed are heard. The government has been asked
by the court to respond to the mercy petitions within two weeks.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express/
airmail letters in English or in your own language:
- welcoming the stay of execution order on Gantela Vijayavardhana Rao and
Satuluri Chalapathi Rao;
- urging that the men's sentences be commuted.
[Under the Indian Penal Code and the Code of Criminal Procedure, both the
President of India and the state governors have the power to grant clemency]
President Shankar Dayal Sharma
Office of the President
Rashtrapati Bhavan
New Delhi 110 004, India
Telegrams: President of India, New Delhi, India
Faxes: +91 11 301 7290
Salutation: Dear President
Mr Indrajit Gupta
Minister of Home Affairs
Ministry of Home Affairs
North Block
New Delhi 110 001, India
Telegrams: Home Minister, New Delhi, India
Faxes: + 91 11 301 5750
Salutation: Dear Minister
Mr Krishna Kanth
Governor of Andhra Pradesh
Office of the Governor
Andhra Pradesh, India
Telegrams: Governor, Hyderabad, India
Faxes: + 91 40 234 055 [ATTN: Governor of Andhra Pradesh (ask for fax tone)]
Salutation: Dear Governor
COPIES TO: diplomatic representatives of India accredited to your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals after 20 November 1996.

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