Apex court asks Centre to take decision on Bhullar’s mercy plea

A bench headed by Chief Justice P Sathasivam adjourned the case for hearing after the Centre contended that the mercy plea is still under consideration.

‘If you inform us (about the decision taken) it is well and good or we will decide the case,’ the bench told Attorney General G E Vahanvati.

It also said that there have been recent cases where the government has not been taking the advice of its law officers seriously and pointed out that last week one Additional Solicitor General sent a detailed letter to Centre but it was rejected outright. The bench, however, said that it cannot reveal the details of it.

The court was hearing a curative petition filed by Bhullar’s wife Navneet Kaur seeking commutation of death sentence on grounds his mental condition and because of delay on the part of the government in deciding his earlier mercy plea.
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