Home ministry to oppose commutation of Bhullar’s death sentence

MHA has told the SC that Bhullar will not be executed in his present health condition.

New Delhi | Published: March 4, 2014 12:32:42 am

Stating the legal stand in the case relating to the commutation of death sentence of the killers of former PM Rajiv Gandhi, the Ministry of Home Affairs has decided to oppose the commutation of death sentence of Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF) terrorist Devinderpal Singh Bhullar, notwithstanding his poor medical condition.

The MHA, which has to file a reply in the SC on March 10 to a mercy petition filed by Bhullar’s wife Navneet, has decided to take a stand against commutation to life imprisonment. MHA has told the SC that Bhullar will not be executed in his present health condition.

Delhi’s Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung in January had favoured commutation of the death sentence to life term on “on principles of human ethics and natural justice”.

The Centre had recently moved SC opposing the commutation of death sentence of three killers of Rajiv Gandhi on the grounds of delay in deciding their mercy petition.

“Besides Rajiv Gandhi’s killers, we have moved SC against commutation of death sentences of 15 people… In Bhullar’s case we are going to stick to the stand, the only consideration being his deteriorating health,” said an official.

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