The Supreme Court has dismissed Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF) terrorist Devinderpal Singh Bhullars review petition against its refusal to commute his death penalty to life term.
We have gone through the review petitions and record of the writ petitions and are convinced that the order of which review has been sought does not suffer from any error apparent warranting its reconsideration. Hence,the review petitions are dismissed, said a Bench of Justices G S Singhvi and S J Mokhopadhaya in its order on Wednesday. Bhullar can now file a curative petition against the apex court decision as his final legal recourse.
Bhullar has been on death row since his clemency petition,which was pending with the President for six years,was rejected in 2011.
Ruling that a delay in deciding a mercy petition cannot be enough ground to commute a convicts death sentence to life term,the Bench had in April dismissed Bhullars plea.
It had held that in cases where the magnitude of the crime and its impact on society justified imposing capital punishment,a court cannot judicially review a decision by the President or a Governor only on the ground of undue delay.
Bhullar was given death penalty for triggering a bomb blast in the national Capital in September 1993 that killed nine persons and injured 25,including the then Youth Congress president M S Bitta.
The court had also paved the way for Bhullars execution,discarding an argument that he could not be hanged in view of his grave mental illness. However,the Delhi government had later set up a medical board to examine his health.
In June,the government,while continuing the stay on Bhullars execution,had referred his case to the Union Home Ministry after the medical board opined he was in severe depression.