It’s judicial murder,says SGPC

Akal Takht,the temporal seat of Sikhs and the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee,the apex body of the community,Friday reacted sharply to the Supreme Court’s verdict dismissing Khalistani terrorist Devinderpal Singh Bhullar’s mercy plea saying the law was biased against the minorities.

Written by Navjeevan Gopal | Amritsar | Updated: April 16, 2014 1:10 pm

Akal Takht,the temporal seat of Sikhs and the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee,the apex body of the community,Friday reacted sharply to the Supreme Court’s verdict dismissing Khalistani terrorist Devinderpal Singh Bhullar’s mercy plea saying the law was biased against the minorities.

SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar said the verdict has hurt the sentiments of the Sikhs.

“This is a judicial murder. I reiterate that there are two set of laws (in India)…a separate one for minorities. On one side Bhullar is given death on the basis of his confessional statement,on the other hand seven death sentences of a butcher like Kishori Lal,who murdered more than 30 persons,are commuted.

“Relatives of thousands of Sikhs who were brutally murdered in 1984 anti-Sikh riots are still waiting for justice. Women were disgraced,children killed and properties worth crores belonging to Sikhs looted. This happened in largest democracy of world. That is why I being the representative of a minority community say that there are two sets of laws,” Makkar said.

The SGPC chief said that it was “very unfortunate that a man who has already served more than 20 years in jail and is mentally unstable is being ordered to be hanged”. “The Centre should introspect and review the decision. I will seek legal opinion as to what could be done to save Bhullar,” he added.

The Akal Takht chief,Giani Gurbachan Singh,too said that one cannot be given “two punishments —- life imprisonment and then the death sentence”.

“He (Bhullar) has already been in jail for a long period. Moreover law prohibits awarding death to a deranged person. I am in consultation with the SGPC and would direct them to take every legal course to get the execution stopped,” he said,adding that the apex court verdict has saddened the Sikh community.

Radical Sikh organisation,Dal Khalsa,termed the dismissal of Bhullar’s mercy petition as “shocking and disturbing for people of Punjab in general and Sikh community in particular”.

“The decision is travesty of justice as Bhullar is on death row for last 18 years,” Dal Khalsa spokesperson Kanwarpal Singh said.

He said that after the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru,Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah had said that India is selective in the case of death convicts. “The Sikhs were apprehending that the next target will be a Sikh. With today’s SC decision,our fears might come true,” Kanwarpal added.

Meanwhile,Maninderjit Singh Bitta,the then president of Indian Youth Congress who survived the 1993 bomb blast triggered by Bhullar that killed nine persons,welcomed the Supreme Court order.

“I had not expected this. I was thinking that verdict would go in favour of Bhullar. But,I am happy that his plea was dismissed. Now,my next fight is to identify and bring all those to book,who were responsible for withdrawal of my security cover a day ahead of the attack,pushing me in front of terrorists,” Bitta told over phone.

The Supreme Court Friday rejected the Bhullar’s plea,in which the Khalistan terrorist had sought commutation of his death sentence to life imprisonment on ground of delay in deciding his mercy plea.

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