Mohd Afzal Guru

A life rendered 'extinct'

Print edition : May 31, 2013

Outside Tihar Jail No. 3 in New Delhi soon after Afzal Guru was hanged on February 9. Photo: R.V. Moorthy

Afzal Guru being taken to court on December 17, 2002, a day before he was awarded the death sentence. Photo: Aman Sharma/AP

The right to counsel begins from the moment of arrest. From the time Afzal Guru was arrested in 2001 to the filing of a charge sheet in court, he had no lawyer—a fact that goes against the Supreme Court’s own observation on the need for defence counsel.
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