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Devinderpal Singh Bhullar. who is 48 years old now, a “Khalistan Liberation Force” /KLF- Terrorist was awarded death penalty by a trial court in August 2001 and endorsed by the Delhi High Court in 2002
The Supreme Court of India dismissed Bhullar’s appeal against the death sentence on 26th March 2002. Bhullar’s review petition also was dismissed by the Supreme Court of India on 17th December 2002.
Also Bhullar’s Curative Petition also was rejected by the Supreme Court of India on which was also dismissed on December 17, 2002. Bhullar had then moved a curative petition which too had been rejected by the apex court on March 12, 2003.
Bhullar had filed a mercy petition before the President of India, on 14th January 2003, when Dr.A.P.J.Abdul Kalaam was the President of India.
The President of India, Ms.Pratibha Patil dismissed Bhullar’s mercy petition on 25th May 2011.
Bhullar again made a petition to the Supreme Court of India and pleaded for commutation of his death sentence to life imprisonment on the ground of delay (of 8 years) in deciding his mercy petition by the President of India.
Further, the familly members of Bhullar filed a petition on behalf of Bhullar pleading commutation of the death sentence into life imprisonment, on the grounds of “Inordinate Delay” in deciding on the mercy petition by the President of India. They also alleged that undue incarceration of a death row convict amounted to cruelty and it was in violation of “the fundamental rights to life” under Article 21 of the Constitution of India. The Supreme Court of India reserved its order on the petitions of Bhullar and his family members, on 19th April 2012.
On 12th April 2013, the Supreme Court of India dismissed all the above petitions of Bhullar and his family members and confirmed the death penalty awaded to Bhullar, setting aside the grounds of the inordinate delay in the President of India’s decision on the mercy petition, as claimed by Bhullar and family.
The above Final Judgement of the Supreme Court of India will lead to the execution of the death penalty of hanging till death of Bhullar, at least after 20 years of Bhullar’s committing inhuman mass killings (9 innocent Indians), by his car-bomb-blast to kill a particular person, without any mercy or without any consideration of “the fundamental rights to life” of other Indian people.
Also the Supreme Court of India’s verdict is likely to have an impact on 17 other convicts on the death row, whose hangings have been stayed by the Supreme Court of India.