New Delhi: The Supreme Court will hear on November 1 the plea for the release of Balwant Singh Rajoana, an accused in the assassination of former Punjab chief minister Beant Singh, for final disposal.

A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice U U Lalit said the Centre was at liberty to take a final decision on his mercy plea before the next date of hearing.

The Centre told the apex court that it was difficult to consider his mercy plea in the present situation.

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