Bhullar case: Badal to meet PM

New Delhi, Apr 15 : Even as the Supreme Court has rejected militant Devender Pal Singh Bhullar's petition to change his death sentence to life imprisonment, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his son Sukhbir Singh Badal, who is his deputy, will meet the Prime Minister on Monday to discuss the fallout.

Badal's government in Punjab said that it fears a worsened law and order situation in the state if Bhullar gets executed.

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

The Supreme Court 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.

Earlier, Press Council of India chairman Justice Markandey Katju had written to President Pranab Mukherjee seeking pardon for Punjab terrorist Devender Pal Singh 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.

According to reports, Bhullar's lawyer H S Phoolka is likely to file a petition in the Supreme Court this week to seek mercy for the him.

--IBNS (Posted on 15-04-2013)

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