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Professor Bhullar's verdict tomorrow

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Also see:

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2013/20130412/main4.htm

Sikh Federation (UK) emailed and sent text to both Sikh TV Channels (Sikh Channel and Sangat TV) several hours ago with a message for the scroll to alert Sangat.

Why are Kesri Lehar are silent? Given family connection in Derby they should have known about this nefore the media!

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Death Sentence verdict Prof Bhullar today.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/SC-verdict-on-Bhullars-plea-today/articleshow/19504320.cms

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday will pronounce the much-awaited verdict on the petition of condemned prisoner Devinderpal Singh Bhullar, who had sought commutation of his death penalty to life sentence on the ground that he underwent great agony for 11 years awaiting the President's decision on his mercy plea.

A bench of Justices G S Singhvi and S J Mukhopadhaya had heard elaborate arguments on three petitions - one by Bhullar, second by his wife Navneet Kaur and third by NGO 'Justice on Trial Trust'.

Apart from senior advocate K T S Tulsi, who appeared for Bhullar and Kaur, the bench had heard arguments from senior advocates Ram Jethmalani and T R Andhyarujina, who assisted the court as amicus. The court had reserved its verdict on April 19 last year.

The bench's decision on Bhullar's petition is likely to impact the petitions of 17 other condemned prisoners, who have approached the apex court in the meanwhile challenging the President's decision to reject their mercy pleas either on the ground that it was long delayed or the lack of procedure to deal with the mercy pleas.

Among the 17 are three awarded death for their role in Rajiv Gandhi's assassination, four associates of killed forest brigand Veerappan and nine others whose mercy pleas were rejected this month by the President. In all these 17 cases, the apex court has stayed execution of their death sentence.

Bhullar was handed down death penalty for his role in the bomb attack on then Youth Congress president M S Bitta in 1993 in which nine policemen were killed and 25 were injured including Bitta. Bhullar had pleaded for commutation of the death sentence on the ground that he had undergone imprisonment for 20 years which was akin to a life term and that he had lost mental equilibrium in the despairing 11-year wait.

His counsel had said that the fearful wait for such a long period, expecting to be hanged anytime, had a dehumanizing effect on the condemned prisoner making it a fit case for commutation of the capital sentence to life imprisonment.

The NGO, on the other hand, had complained that there was no procedure or time frame prescribed for the President to decide mercy pleas and requested the court to lay down broad parameters on this aspect.

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The bench's decision on Bhullar's petition is likely to impact the petitions of 17 other condemned prisoners, who have approached the apex court in the meanwhile challenging the President's decision to reject their mercy pleas either on the ground that it was long delayed or the lack of procedure to deal with the mercy pleas.

Among the 17 are three awarded death for their role in Rajiv Gandhi's assassination, four associates of killed forest brigand Veerappan and nine others whose mercy pleas were rejected this month by the President. In all these 17 cases, the apex court has stayed execution of their death sentence.

This is such sad news. Wonder who the other "17 condemned prisoners" are.

Waheguru Chardi Kala Bakhshan Panth Nu.

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ya they rejected

All that international pressure and still same verdict..... PPL are diluted if you think begging foreign countries is going to help. Pledge orange.... yeah alot of good it did. No one is going to help us, We need to help ourselves. Only way is some sort of grass roots movement in heart of punjab. My soul is on fire...I am very interested to see how people respond to this news.

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"BREAKING NEWS

Professor Davinderpal Singh Bhullar has been taken from his hospital ward to Tihar Jail in preparation for his hanging. Support groups are preparing to protest outside the Indian Embassy in London and Birmingham. Sangat Channel will be presenting a special show at 9.30am. We need all the sangat to unite and raise a voice of Prof Bhullar."

SOURCE: SOPW FACEBOOK

This news has reduced me to tears. So heartbreaking.

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FEDERATION OF SIKH ORGANISATIONS (FSO), GURDWARAS & SIKH MEDIA: Mass protest on Monday 15 April outside the Indian High Commission 12 noon -2pm, followed by march to UK Parliament and lobbying of MPs. This protest, march and lobby that will conclude by 5pm and is in support of Professor Davinderpal Singh Bhullar and censorship of film Sadda Haq.

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