New Delhi, May 7 IBNS | 2 years ago

Militant Devender Pal Singh Bhullar's wife Navneet Kaur on Tuesday moved the Supreme Court seeking a stay on the execution of his death sentence.

In a judgement which is expected to impact the clemency pleas of other death row convicts, the Supreme Court on Apr 12 had dismissed the plea for death sentence commutation by Bhullar who had appealed for life imprisonment owing to the delay in his execution.

Kaur in her petition on Tuesday said that as Bhullar has already filed a review petition against the apex court's order so the 1993 Delhi bomb blast convict should not be hanged till the court announced its order.

Senior advocate Ram Jethmalani mentioned Kaur's petition before the Chief Justice of India on Tuesday.

The Supreme Court on Apr 12 said there is no merit in the plea of Bhullar, who was convicted of killing nine people with a car bomb in Delhi in 1993.

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal led a delegation of Shiromani Akali Dal MPs and ministers met President Pranab Mukherjee in New Delhi last month and sought clemency for Bhullar.

Earlier, Press Council of India chairman Justice Markandey Katju had written to Mukherjee seeking pardon for Bhullar who was sentenced to death in connection with the 1993 Delhi bomb blast case.

In his letter to the President, Justice Katju said that Bhullar has been in detention for over 18 years, since his arrival in India in January 1995, and has suffered prolonged mental agony and trauma for this long period.

However, the SC judges opined that delay by the President in deciding mercy petition is not a ground for commuting death sentence.

(Posted on 07-05-2013)