Governor Ram Naik has rejected the mercy petition of Shabnam, whose death sentence was upheld by the Supreme Court in May, along with her lover Saleem, for killing seven members of her family in 2008.
While Shabnam is currently lodged at the Moradabad District Jail, Saleem is in Central Jail Agra.
Last week, the state government has written to the Moradabad District Jail, informing it that the Governor has rejected Shabnam’s mercy petition. A copy of the letter was also sent to the Union Home Ministry.
Moradabad District Jail Superintendent, B R Verma, said: “A letter received from the state government stated that the mercy petition has been rejected after due consideration.”
In June, Shabnam had sent separate mercy petitions to the UP Governor and the President seeking pardon on the ground of her responsibilities towards her son Mohammad Taj, who was then staying with her at the jail. Shabnam had stated that she wanted to ensure that her child grows up as a good citizen. She claimed to be innocent and alleged her family was murdered because of a property dispute.
In August, the boy was handed over to Shabnam’s friend Usman Saifi for foster care.
Shabnam and Saleem were arrested in April 2008 for killing seven members of her family — her father Shaukat Ali (55), mother Hashmi (50), elder brother Anees (35), his wife Anjum (25), younger brother Rashid (22), cousin Rabia (14), and Arsh — Anees’s 10-month-old baby. In May, the Supreme Court had upheld the death sentence awarded to Shabnam and Saleem by the Amroha sessions court. But later, it stayed the death warrants.