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SGPC chief cries judicial murder

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

Written by Navjeevan Gopal | Amritsar | Published: April 13, 2013 2:44:24 am

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 chief 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… 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,” he said.

“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 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 view as to what could be done to save Bhullar,” he added.

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

“He 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.

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”.

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