SC commutes death sentence of Bhullar to life term

New Delhi, Mar 31 (PTI): The Supreme Court today commuted the death sentence of 1993 Delhi bomb blast case convict and Khalistani terrorist Devinderpal Singh Bhullar to life term on the ground of delay in deciding his mercy plea and his medical condition.

A four-judge bench headed by Chief Justice P Sathasivam granted life to Bhullar on the ground of delay on the part of the government in deciding his mercy plea and also on the basis of his present medical condition.

The bench, also comprising justices R M Lodha, H L Dattu and S J Mukhopadhaya, passed the order on a curative petition filed by Bhullar's wife Navneet Kaur.

She pleaded before the court to relook into its verdict, in which Bhullar's plea for commuting the sentence was rejected, in view of its recent judgement where it was held that delay in deciding mercy plea can be a ground for commutation of death penalty.

Bhullar was convicted and awarded death penalty for triggering a bomb blast in New Delhi in September 1993, which killed nine persons and injured 25 others, including then Youth Congress president M S Bitta.

The Centre had earlier on March 27 told the court that it had no problem with commutation of Bhullar's death sentence to life term.

It had said that the petition in this regard has to be allowed in view of the court's January 21 verdict that delay in deciding mercy pleas can be a ground for such relief.

The bench had on January 31 stayed Bhullar's execution and had agreed to review its judgement by which it had rejected the 1993 Delhi bomb blast convict's plea to commute his death sentence to life term.

It had issued notice to the Centre and Delhi government on a curative petition and had also directed the Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences (IHBAS), where Bhullar is being treated, to file a medical report on the condition of the death row convict who is alleged to be suffering from mental illness.


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  • Shankar, Mangalore

    Mon, Mar 31 2014

    Death penalty if implemented immediately, is not a punishment at all, coz the guilty will not suffer. The delayed implementation of the death penalty should be applauded because the wait for death intensifies the punishment. That is the only way you can make the convict suffer.

    The irony is that, by the time the guilty is convicted, the people forget the victims of the crime and rather feel sympathized towards the offender. In this case too the Supreme Court forgets the agony of 9 families and shows concern over the convict!

    Nonetheless, we can forget the fact that the Congress Govt has expressed its no objection to the court revising Bullar’s death sentence, just a few days ago to woo the sikh community before elections.

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  • Yusuf, mlr/ksa

    Mon, Mar 31 2014

    Expected...!! yet again question mark..!!

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