The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Wednesday strongly recommended to the government to allow close relatives of Khalistani terrorist Devinderpal Singh Bhullar,who is on death row,to meet him.
The NHRC recommendation came after a delegation and Bhullars wife Navneet Kaur met Chairperson Justice K G Balakrishnan (retd) and other members on the issue of his execution.
The Commission has strongly recommended that the close relatives of the prisoner be given an opportunity to meet him. The Commissions recommendations have been sent to the Union Home Ministry, a statement said.
The NHRC recommendation comes against the backdrop of Bhullars wife submitting a representation that stated: …Bhullar was faced with imminent prospect of the execution being carried out,that too in a secret and surreptitious manner,as was the case in the two most recent death penalty executions of Afzal Guru and Ajmal Kasab.
The joint representation to NHRC by Kaur,her lawyer Satnam Singh Bains and rights activist Jaswant Kaur demanded that Kaur be given full visiting rights and under no circumstances any action is taken by the government without informing her. Kaur was also accompanied by SAD (Delhi Unit) president Manjit Singh G K and its youth wing president,Manjinder Singh Sirsa.
The representation,which stated that human rights and constitutional protections should be applied to Bhullars case,urged NHRC to make representations at the highest possible levels,including to the President,Prime Minister and Ministry of Home Affairs that this execution be stayed and death sentence be commuted with immediate effect.
Citing Bhullars significantly deteriorated mental health and psychiatric illness,it further urged that he be assessed and treated by a psychiatrist specialising in death row syndrome .
Last week,the President had rejected the mercy petition filed by Bhullar. The terrorist,who had been awarded death sentence for his involvement in the 1993 bomb blast outside Youth Congress office in New Delhi,is currently under treatment for depression at IBHAAS here.
A senior police official from the third battalion of the Delhi Armed Police had recently confirmed that fresh instructions have been issued to IHBAS to cut down the visiting time of Bhullars immediate family members and lawyers to 10 minutes,against nearly four hours that they enjoyed till now.