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  1. The Supreme Court today rejected a plea by terror strike accused Devinderpal Singh Bhullar who sought to have his death sentence commuted to life on the grounds that there had been an inordinate delay in carrying out the sentence. The Supreme Court bench only announced that the petition from Bhullar had been dismissed without giving the reasons for why it had been dismissed. Image from IBN-Live The bench had reserved its order on 19 April last year on the issue on a plea of Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF) terrorist Devinderpal Singh Bhullar’s family which had filed a petition on his behalf pleading that his capital punishment be commuted to life imprisonment as there has been “inordinate” delay in deciding his mercy plea and he is not mentally sound. It was submitted that prolonged incarceration of a death row convict awaiting his/her execution amounted to cruelty and violated the fundamental right to life under Article 21 of the Constitution. Bhullar was awarded death penalty for triggering a bomb blast in Delhi in September, 1993, here killing nine people. The target of the blast was allegedly India Youth Congress President Maninderjit Singh Bitta who managed to escape. The Supreme Court had on 26 March, 2002, dismissed Bhullar’s appeal against the death sentence awarded by trial court and endorsed by the Delhi High Court. He had filed a review petition which was also dismissed on 17 December, 2002. Bhullar had then moved a curative petition which too had been rejected by the apex court on March 12, 2003. Bhullar, meanwhile, had filed a mercy petition before the President on 14 January, 2003. The President, after a lapse of over eight years, dismissed his mercy plea on 25 May in 2011. Political leaders from across parties have supported the plea for clemency for Bhullar who has also claimed he is suffering from mental ailments as a result of his long imprisonment. http://www.firstpost.com/politics/devinder-singh-bhullar-will-hang-sc-rejects-mercy-plea-696238.html
  2. ------ Forwarded Message From: Illari Aragón <coordination@barhumanrights.org.uk> Date: Mon, 22 Jul 2013 10:38:21 +0100 To: <undisclosed-recipients:;> Subject: [Reminder] BHRC Seminar on the Death Penalty in India: The case of Professor Devinder Bhullar. 31st July at DSC [Please circulate widely] Seminar on the Death Penalty in India The case of Professor Devinder Bhullar Wednesday, 31st July 2013, 6:00 -8:00 pm Doughty Street Chambers 53-54 Doughty St, London, WC1N 2LS. See map <http://barhumanrights.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=054f3995082bb41dbd340ee51&id=b2d7dc0d81&e=5aaa059537> . Places for this seminar are limited. Kindly RSVP if you would like to attend. The immediate risk of execution of Professor Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar in India has renewed concerns among the international community over the use of capital punishment. Professor Bhullar was convicted of involvement in the bombing of the All Indian Youth Congress in New Delhi and sentenced to death in 2001 under the now repealed Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act 1985 (“TADA”). The BHRC has recently released an Open Letter addressed to Indian authorities drawing attention to breaches of fair trial process and concerns over Professor Bhullar’s mental health [see letter] <http://barhumanrights.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=054f3995082bb41dbd340ee51&id=cd35f53fdf&e=5aaa059537> . Specifically, the BHRC manifested concern over a "confession" induced by torture and lack of supporting evidence. Professor Bhullar’s mental health now has deteriorated to the point where the death penalty is unlawful in Indian domestic law and international law. The seminar will spotlight Professor Bhullar's case, explore the strength of international law and consider the broader issue of capital punishment. * Followed by a reception. Speakers: Schona Jolly, Bar Human Rights Committee (BHRC) & barrister at Cloisters. Saul Lehrfreund MBE, Death Penalty Project. Peter Tatchell, Peter Tatchell Foundation. Chiara Sangiorgio, Campaigner-Death Penalty. Amnesty International. Chaired by: Kirsty Brimelow QC, Chairwoman - Bar Human Rights Committee (BHRC) & barrister at Doughty Street Chambers. Supported by Kesri Lehar Human Rights Campaign, Bhai Khanaiya Jee Aid, 1984 Genocide Coalition. RSVP coordination@barhumanrights.org.uk <http://barhumanrights.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=054f3995082bb41dbd340ee51&id=f7ee7424e5&e=5aaa059537> The Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales (“BHRC”) is the international human rights arm of the Bar of England and Wales. It is an independent body concerned with protecting the rights of advocates, judges and human rights defenders around the world. The Committee is concerned with defending the rule of law and internationally recognised legal standards relating to human rights and the right to a fair trial. The remit of BHRC extends to all countries of the world, apart from its own jurisdiction of England & Wales. This reflects the Committee's need to maintain its role as an independent but legally qualified observer, critic and advisor, with internationally accepted rule of law principles at the heart of its agenda. unsubscribe from this list <http://barhumanrights.us2.list-manage.com/unsubscribe?u=054f3995082bb41dbd340ee51&id=f037ef7b0e&e=5aaa059537&c=9fee002e4f> | update subscription preferences <http://barhumanrights.us2.list-manage.com/profile?u=054f3995082bb41dbd340ee51&id=f037ef7b0e&e=5aaa059537> ------ End of Forwarded Message
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