Centre considering clemency plea: Shinde

The Centre on Thursday reiterated that the Punjab government’s plea for clemency for Khalistani terrorist Devinderpal Singh Bhullar is under its consideration.

Written by PTI | New Delhi | Updated: April 16, 2014 12:03 pm

The Centre on Thursday reiterated that the Punjab government’s plea for clemency for Khalistani terrorist Devinderpal Singh Bhullar is under its consideration.

“Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal met me recently and handed over a memorandum. They have handed over the same memorandum to the Prime Minister and the President. Their representation is under consideration,” Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde told reporters.

Shinde was replying to a question on Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal and his deputy Sukhbir Singh Badal’s plea for clemency to Bhullar.

Asked whether the reported mental sickness of the death row convict will come in the way of his execution,Shinde said,“We will look into all issues.”

However,the Home Minister also said that family members of all death row convicts should be informed well in advance about the possible hanging and be allowed to meet them for a last time before the execution.

“The family should be informed but secrecy must be maintained,” he said.

On why the family of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru was not informed before his hanging,Shinde said that it happened due to “communication gap” which resulted in the delay of 4-5 days.

Asked how many mercy petitions were now pending with the government,the Home Minister said one was pending with the Home Ministry while two were pending before the President.

On why the Home Ministry under his stewardship was so fast in clearing the mercy petitions,Shinde said,“we are habitual in clearing the backlog”.

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