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‘Bhullar’s clemancy plea under consideration’

‘Bhullar’s clemancy plea under consideration’
Home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on Thursday said that a petition seeking clemency for Khalistani terrorist Devenderpal Singh Bhullar was under consideration by the government.

Speaking at his monthly press briefing in New Delhi, the minister said that Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal had met him earlier this month and submitted a petition seeking clemency for Bhullar, whose death sentence was recently upheld by the Supreme Court.

Bhullar had filed a petition asking that his death sentence be commuted to life imprisonment, on the basis that it had taken too long to be carried out.

‘He (Badal) met me at Vigyan Bhavan and submitted a petition... that petition is under careful consideration by the government,’ said Shinde.

In their representations to the Prime Minister and the home minister, the Badals had reportedly highlighted Bhullar’s poor health, saying that under mentally unstable conditions, no one should be hanged.

They also cited the split Supreme Court judgement which confirmed the death penalty imposed on Bhullar and said that even Germany, from where Bhullar was extradited, had opposed granting him the death sentence.


PUNJAB CM-LED TEAM MEETS PREZ


A delegation of Punjab’s ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), led by chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, on Thursday met President Pranab Mukherjee seeking clemency for the 1993 Delhi bomb blast convict Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar.

The chief minister, along with his son and Deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal – who is also the Akali Dal chief, met the president at Rashtrapati Bhavan here. ‘We requested the president to pardon Bhullar for the sake of hard-earned communal harmony and peace in Punjab and the rest of India,’ Badal told reporters after the meeting.
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