SEARCH

News » National

Updated: April 14, 2013 02:38 IST

Katju seeks pardon for Bhullar

Special Correspondent
Comment   ·   print   ·   T  T  
Markandeya Katju
Markandeya Katju

Bhullar had already "suffered prolonged mental agony and trauma for this long period on death row".

Press Council of India Chairman Markandey Katju has appealed to the President to pardon Devender Pal Singh Bhullar or commute to life imprisonment the death sentence awarded him in the 1993 Delhi bomb blast case.

Stating that nothing debars a second mercy petition, Justice Katju has referred to the minority opinion in the case by Justice M.B. Shah of the Supreme Court, who noted that the “only evidence against Bhullar is his alleged confessional statement to the investigating office.”

Justice Shah also said that when the others mentioned in the confessional statement were “not convicted or tried, this was not a fit case for convicting the appellant solely…”

Justice Katju said the President was empowered to “scrutinise the evidence in the case and come to a different conclusion regarding the guilt and sentence of the accused.”

Bhullar had already “suffered prolonged mental agony and trauma for this long period on death row” given that he had been in detention since 1995, Justice Katju said. He also had a “chronic psychiatric problem.”

More In: National | News
This article is closed for comments.
Please Email the Editor
The Hindu presents the all-new Young World

In the 16th Lok Sabha Election 2014, West Bengal has witnessed some interesting trends. Apart from the debacle of the Left and the ascendance of the Trinamool Congress (AITC), the other somewhat s... »

International

Tamil Nadu

Andhra Pradesh

Karnataka

Kerala


O
P
E
N

close

Recent Article in National

Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan addresses the Lok Sabha in New Delhi on Wednesday.

Decision on LoP in four days: Speaker

Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan has said she will take a decision on the issue of Leader of Opposition within the next four days after... »