All the 16 mercy petitions that President Pranab Mukherjee turned down recently may not necessarily suffer the same fate as that of Devinderpal Singh Bhullar,whose plea for commutation of death sentence was rejected on Friday by the Supreme Court,as they will be decided on a case-by-case basis,Rashtrapati Bhawan sources said.
The ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) in Punjab Saturday announced that a party delegation will soon meet President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to get the hanging of Khalistani Liberation Force terrorist Devinderpal Singh Bhullar stalled.
Press Council of India (PCI) chairperson Justice Markandey Katju has written to President Pranab Mukherjee seeking pardon for Devinderpal Singh Bhullar who has been awarded death sentence in connection with the 1993 Delhi bomb blast case.
Stating that his long incarceration has mentally affected Khalistani terrorist Devinderpal Singh Bhullar in such a way that he does not even know the difference between life and death,Shiromani Akali Dal (Delhi) president and former DSGMC chief Paramjit Singh Sarna Monday sent a six-page long mercy petition to President Pranab Mukherjee.
On a day when Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his deputy,Sukhbir Singh Badal met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh seeking clemency for Khalistan terrorist Devinderpal Singh Bhullar,SADs alliance partner BJP reiterated that the Supreme Court order on Bhullar should be respected.