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JALANDHAR: Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar, the death-row convict whose plea seeking commutation of his death sentence to life imprisonment was recently turned down by the Supreme Court, has received support from an unexpected quarter: former Punjab and Maharashtra DGP SS Virk.

Virk told TOI on Friday that Bhullar was not guilty of what he was being accused of. Bhullar was convicted for the 1993 Delhi bomb blastthat killed nine people.

"Bhullar not only should be given clemency for spending 18 years in jail, but he also deserves justice as he and his family have been wronged," said Virk. "I fought terrorism almost my entire professional life but I firmly believe that it is my duty to speak out if injustice is being done."

Virk said he had studied Bhullar's case and it belonged to the rarest-of-the-rare category. "Bhullar was awarded death penalty despite a split judgment in this case," he said. "The presiding judge of the Supreme Court bench, Justice MB Shah, had acquitted Bhullar and there was no clinching evidence against him except his 'confession' in police custody."

Virk said even former militants had vouched for Bhullar's innocence. "A number of ex-terrorists, who later joined the mainstream, had told me that Bhullar had refused to participate in any terror-related activity even when he was in hiding after his father and uncle were picked up by the police and eliminated," he said. "From these queries, a picture of a well-educated young engineering teacher emerged, not that of a dreaded militant he was made out to be."

Virk, a Maharashtra-cadre IPS officer who retired in 2009, received the Padma Shri for fighting militancy in Punjab. A terrorist's bullet had hit him in the jaw at the Golden Temple in Amritsar in 1988

On April 12 the Supreme Court had dismissed Bhullar's petition seeking commutation of his death sentence.

A Delhi court had convicted Bhullar for the 1993 bombing and sentenced him to death in 2001; in 2011 then President Partibha Patil had rejected his mercy plea.

Three days ago, on May 7, Bhullar's wife Navneet Kaur Bhullar had moved the apex court, requesting a stay on his execution.


http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Former-Punjab-DGP-says-Bhullar-deserves-clemency/articleshow/19994378.cms?intenttarget=no

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I think some of the human rights abusers are trying to slightly distance themselves form past crimes as people become more aware of what they have done. The recent refusal by Granthis to do their funeral Bhogs probably has some impact on them. Interesting that Virks family is split in to a panthic side , some of his past relatives took part in the Gurdwara reform protests in the 1920's, whilst he is in the Govt servants side of the family.

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Doesn't sound right, he was a human rights abuser himself...

Absolutely on spot. He is one of the main abusers.Now he is not in chair and facing corruption charges.

He was right hand man of rebeiro and then Gill. He is the man who was shot in the face by Singhs in Harmandir

sahib vicinity by Painta. He is the one who was declaring cats as dead when they were alive and kept under another

name. Case of cat sukhi was his creation and he agreed to it.

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Virk said even former militants had vouched for Bhullar's innocence. "A number of ex-terrorists, who later joined the mainstream, had told me that Bhullar had refused to participate in any terror-related activity even when he was in hiding after his father and uncle were picked up by the police and eliminated," [/size]

Straight from the devils's mouth, that the ravan sena aka panjab police were killing people in false encounters.

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Meanwhile......

Tihar jail authorities procure hanging ropes but officials deny execution plans

New Delhi, India (May 12, 2013): According to a Daily Mail UK (India) news: “[t]he Tihar jail procuring two hanging ropes from Buxar in Bihar has set off speculation over who is the next in line to be hanged”.

“Officials, however, deny any execution plan”, Daily Mail has reported.

According to the news report the last time such a hanging rope was brought to Tihar jail was when Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru was to be hanged and that time the execution had reportedly taken place three months after the rope was procured.

“The man most likely to be hanged if an execution is ordered is Youth Congress office blast case convict Devender Pal Singh Bhullar” Daily Mail has reported.

Professor Devender Pal Singh Bhullar, a Sikh political prisoner faces imminent threat of execution in India.

Convicted solely on the basis of a confession extracted though torture in police custody, Prof. Bhullar has been on death row since 2001. Indian executive and judiciary has recently cleared the execution of death sentence in his case.

Though there is strong opposition to Prof. Bhullar’s hanging from various quarters with in and outside India, but the recent reports suggest that the hanging in this case seems inevitable.

Sikhs are viewing suspected execution of Prof. Bhullar as a political murder by Indian state that is going to be committed under the directions from Judiciary.

Akali Dal Panch Pardhani (ADPP) leader Bhai Mandhir Singh said: “[t]he decision of Indian state to kill Prof. Devender Pal Singh Bhullar is a clear sign that Sikhs are slaves in India”.

“No argument, no appeal has worked in this case because the arguments of politically subjugated communities carry no weightage in the eyes of occupants” he added.

He said that the recent decision of Indian state clearing execution of Prof. Bhullar has made reaffirms that the cycle to state violence against Sikhs in India is not going to stop, unless the political subjugation is overthrown.

http://www.sikhsiyasat.net/2013/05/12/tihar-jail-authorities-procure-hanging-ropes-but-officials-deny-execution-plans/

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Even though Virk is a major human rights violator his statement that Prof Bhullar is innocent is a major development. As one KP Gills people the Indian Govt should accept his statement. They can hardly call him a Khalistani or somebody who does not know the Punjab situation in detail. Have any of the Sikh organisations taken this forward?

Virk has an ongoing feud with the Badals and Sumedh Saini where they have tried to get each other convicted on corruption charges. This statement is more to embarrass Badal and Saini then any sudden change in Virks view on human rights

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They will accept nothing. The devil party wants right wing Hindu votes.

If they go ahead they will be digging their own grave for ultimate burial.

They hanged afzal Guru without any information to his family and did not

give dead body to them. They did it as BJP was demanding and they timed

it for elections.

What kind of democracy is this.

Can virk tell people how many fake encounters he had staged.

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Some background where Virk is on one side and the Badals and Sumedh Saini on the other.The evidence form such a senior officer stating that Prof Bhullar is innocent should be taken forward by the Indian President and Supreme Court.

Indian Express

Investigations against former Punjab DGP Virk not fair: HC

RAGHAV OHRIPosted online: Wed May 01 2013, 03:44 hrs

Chandigarh : In 2008, the Punjab and Haryana High Court disbanded a team — headed by Surinder Pal Singh — probing the disproportionate assets case against former Punjab Director General of Police (DGP) S S Virk. The reason: Surinder Pal Singh had been working under the direct supervision of Sumedh Singh Saini, the then director of the Punjab Vigilance Bureau. Removing Singh and disbanding the team, the Court had ordered that a fresh team should be constituted under the direct supervision of principal secretary (home).

Now, in a serious embarrassment for the Punjab Police and its top officer, DGP Sumedh Singh Saini, the High Court has held that the current investigations against Virk are “not fair and impartial.” The reason: Paramraj Singh Umranangal, the present investigating officer is “facing an inquiry,” which is pending with DGP Saini.

The High Court has termed this as a violation of its 2008 orders. It, however, dismissed Virk’s petition demanding that Umranangal be removed as the investigating officer. The Court reasoned that since a similar petition is pending in the Supreme Court, it would “unjustified” to intervene in the matter. Justice Daya Chaudhary, however, has given Virk the liberty to approach the Court “if necessity so arises at a proper stage.”

The former DGP had petitioned the high court demanding the removal of IPS officer Umranangal as the investigating officer of the case since he (Umranangal) is facing an inquiry in a fake encounter case. Virk had been booked in a disproportionate assets case by the Punjab Vigilance Bureau in 2007, when DGP Saini incharge of the Vigilance Bureau.

In his petition, Virk had alleged that the case was “malafide and due to personal enmity” with Sumedh Singh Saini. He had requested the Court to direct Punjab to appoint an investigation officer, who had a clean record and had no inquiry pending against him.

The former DGP had argued that the state government had deliberately handpicked an officer, facing enquiry, to ensure an adverse report against him (Virk) and consequently “reward” the officer with a clean chit in his inquiry.

“The investigation conducted by the present Investigating Officer is not fair and impartial as he is facing an inquiry of fake encounter pending with the present Punjab DGP and the same is in violation of directions issued by this Court”, reads the High Court order, made available on Tuesday.

In 2008, a single Bench had held that it would be “desirable” to entrust investigations in the case to another team under the direct supervision of the principal secretary (home) so that “people may have faith in the administration of justice".

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DGP Virk has said that present Punjab Chief Sumedh Saini is responsible for Prof Bhullars father and Massars murder and that Prof Bhullar is innocent.

News report covers this

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There is no doubt that sumedh saini is a major human rights violator. Badal

has committed a blunder by appointing him as chief and he will pay for it in

the long run as sikhs do not forget the tyrants.

Virk is no innocent. He ran police cat network wherein cats were declared

dead when they were actual alive. What does that mean.It means they are

killing some innocent person while the cat is kept alive and given another name.

He admitted this when sukhi was caught as he was dead and being shilded by Virk.

He is pro congress and and belongs to maharashtra cadre.he was brought to Punjab

by Rebeiro who is also from that cadre. He should tell how many sikhs he killed.

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Virk has again stated that Sumedh Saini is guilty of killing Prof Bhullars father and massar. Normally the evidence of a former Head of Police this would lead to arrest of the alleged guilty person, but not in India.

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'I wish we get to grow old together. It happens in the movies...'
Pritha Chatterjee Posted online: Sun May 26 2013, 03:08 hrs
A marriage of 22 years, a union of 3 months, and a struggle of two decades.

As death row prisoner Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar runs out of options, wife Navneet tells PRITHA CHATTERJEE she can’t give up

Devinder doesn’t recognise her anymore. “I know he does not know me, but there is no substitute to seeing him alive, in front of me,” says navneet

She calls him Professor. In the 22 years of their marriage, they have been together just three months. The term Navneet Bhullar uses for death row prisoner Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar though has little to do with the brief time they got to know each other. As the 48-year-old battles courts and governments to hold on to a husband who is slowly losing his mind, it speaks perhaps of a yearning that things had turned out differently.

Devinder’s only “fault”, Navneet says, is that he was an engineer and professor who felt strongly about his students who went missing during the dark days of militancy in Punjab. And that he spoke openly about it.

Navneet was 26 when in September 1991 she got married to—in her words—the “tall, strapping, soft-spoken, shy” professor of mechanical engineering at Ludhiana’s Guru Nanak Engineering College.

“Those were bad times, with young Sikhs getting picked up every day over their alleged involvement in Khalistani terrorism. The professor was eager to move out, and was looking for new jobs. He had offers from a very good company in Chandigarh,” she recalls. The second of three sisters, and the daughter of a government employee from Amritsar, Navneet looked forward to following her husband out of Ludhiana.

However, barely three months into their marriage, Devinder was suspected of being involved in a bomb attack on Sumedh Singh Saini, the current Punjab DGP who was then SSP, Chandigarh. Navneet says he had no role in it. “He had been vocal about some of his students who went missing from college, like hundreds of young Sikhs who had gone missing those days, so they wanted to silence him. Just because he is an engineer, they accused him of setting off remote-controlled bombs,” she says.

Navneet reiterates what she said in a writ petition filed jointly with the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee in the Supreme Court in 2011, where she sought commutation of his death sentence to life over the President’s delay in addressing his mercy petition filed in 2003. “The police raided our home. Since Professor was not there, they picked up his father Balwant Singh, his uncle Manjit Singh and a cousin of his. We never saw them again. They were picked up without any FIR or court order and tortured to death,” Navneet says, brushing away tears.

Both Balwant and Manjit were senior government employees — the former was posted as auditor, exams, and Manjit worked at the RBI.

Navneet’s father was also picked up, but released a month and a half later. “He came home a different man. He was beaten up brutally... hurt beyond measure. He can’t walk properly, and psychologically, he was never the same,” Navneet says.

Devinder spent three years underground, fearing the same fate as his father. “We never spoke, we never met. He did not dare come to me because we were afraid the police would finish him off. I didn’t know if he was alive, or that I would hear about his death on TV. We were just separated like that, while the whole family was still trying to accept that three of our own had disappeared,” she says.

During this period, she took up a job as a hostel warden—it was the first time she stepped out of home to make ends meet.

In 1993, Youth Congress president M S Bitta’s entourage was attacked in Delhi, leaving nine dead and Bitta injured. Again, Devinder was named. “That too was a remote-controlled bomb. Because my husband was an engineer, they associated it with him, saying it was similar to the 1991 attack, without any proof of his involvement,” Navneet recalls.

A trial court in Delhi convicted Devinder of the crime in 2001 and sentenced him to death. The decision was upheld by the Supreme Court in a split verdict in 2002, with the senior-most judge in the three-judge panel—Justice M B Shah—acquitting him. In May 2011, his mercy petition was rejected by the President.

In 1994, after three years of separation and with Devinder still on the run, the couple arranged to meet in Canada, hoping to start a new life there. “I reached Vancouver safely, but he was picked up in Frankfurt while he was changing planes. He did not have proper papers. I was devastated...I had been so close to meeting my husband, but that chance was snatched away,” she says. In 1995, Devinder was deported to India.

For the next six years, as Devinder fought it out in courts, Navneet had to start life from scratch in Canada. “I got my parents to join me, waited to get citizenship, and had to think about how to earn a living,” she says. She joined a nursing course and did double shifts to earn enough to make trips to India. “My regular job entailed one shift only, but I did an optional extra shift. A flight to Delhi would cost $1,200. I had to be able to afford it to see the Professor,” Navneet says. Meanwhile, Devinder’s mother moved with her younger son to the US.

During this period, Navneet admits, her family repeatedly told her to drop the case, to start a new life. “His family suffered too, but in such cases it’s the spouse who bears the brunt. My mother is unwell. She needs a second bypass now, and there are those in my family who say I should go back to Canada,” she says.

Given her frequent trips to Delhi and long absence from work, Navneet has had to quit her permanent job but continues to work in shifts at the hospital whenever she is in Canada.

In 2001, Navneet met Devinder for the first time since he was arrested, in Tihar jail. She says he was confident of acquittal. “He insisted there was no evidence against him, and spoke about the confession that was extracted under torture.” He also talked about fellow prisoners and how some of them could not afford clothes. That was a cause for fights between them, Navneet laughs, for Devinder would give away the clothes she brought for him from Canada to other inmates. “Jackets, blankets, sweaters...he would just give them away and then ask for new ones. I took so much effort buying what I thought he would like. I was very angry.”

In 2006, Devinder was acquitted in the case of the attack on police officer Saini, but he remained in jail in the 1993 blasts case.

What pained Devinder, says the wife, was that he was denied permission to do an MBA from jail. “He had arranged for books on correspondence, but they did not let him study. Perhaps if he had managed (to study), his mind would not have been so affected. He was always an academic man,” Navneet says.

It was in the mid 2000s that Devinder first started showing symptoms of psychiatric illness. An alarmed Navneet rushed off pleas, filed review petitions, approached politicians within and outside the country, knocked on doors of human rights activists. She lobbied with members of the Sikh community to raise Devinder’s case in the parliaments of Canada and Germany. The German president and foreign affairs minister have written to the Indian government twice to reconsider the death penalty to Devinder (he was extradited from Germany, a country that is against death penalty).

Now admitted at the Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences in Delhi for depression and psychosis, her husband has become a shadow of the confident man he once was, Navneet says. “He has shrivelled, lost so much weight. He does not want to eat or bathe. He does not know who he is, and speaks of being a minister and calls out for his chopper,” she cries.

However, Navneet clutches on to straws, like a recent incident. “I always thought he was an intelligent man, with senses most of us are not blessed with. Recently, when I went to see him, he started talking of an earthquake which could lead to a lot of casualties. When I came out of the hospital room, I heard there had been tremors in the capital that day. It made no sense, but to my mind, it reaffirmed that the man I married is still lurking somewhere inside him,” she says.

“There is the legal side, and then there is the humanitarian side, and we have been let down on both,” Navneet adds. “Legally, despite a split judgment on his death penalty, no review bench was ever set up. Internationally, this has never been the case. On humanitarian grounds, he is a psychiatric patient who has already suffered years of delay by the authorities in deciding his mercy petition.”

She is now planning to approach the families of those who lost their lives in the 1993 blast, to seek their help. “I am also trying to make our leaders and other political parties see that we as a country will lose face before the global community if Professor Bhullar is hanged.”

Devinder doesn’t recognise her anymore, forget appreciating her fight for him. But Navneet can’t give up. “After his mercy plea was rejected in April, the authorities cut down our visit to 10 minutes at a time. Before that, I would sit in his room for hours, stroking him, touching him, nodding to whatever he said. I know he does not know me, but there is no substitute to seeing him alive in flesh,” she says, breaking down.

Navneet might have lost what she says should have been the “green period” of their married life, the chance to have children or build a home together. “But I still hope that since I have fought for so long, we will have the chance to grow old together. It happens in the movies. I hope we will also see a happy ending.”

CHRONOLOGY OF A CASE

December 1991:

Named in a car bomb attack on then SSP Chandigarh and present Punjab DGP S S Saini

September 1993:

Named in a car bomb attack on then Youth Congress president M S Bitta’s convoy

January 1995:

Bhullar’s plea for political asylum in Germany rejected, he is deported

2000:

Trial begins in Bhullar’s case

August 2001:

Bhullar convicted, sentenced to death

December 2002:

SC dismisses Bhullar’s review petition in a split verdict

January 2003:

Bhullar files mercy petition to the President

March 2003:

SC dismisses Bhullar’s curative petition

May 2011:

President Pratibha Patil rejects Bhullar’s mercy plea. He moves SC seeking commutation of his death sentence to life on the ground of delay in rejection of his mercy plea

April 2013:

SC dismisses Bhullar’s plea for commutation of his death sentence to life

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I wish we get to grow old together. It happens in the movies...'

Pritha Chatterjee Posted online: Sun May 26 2013, 03:08 hrs

A marriage of 22 years, a union of 3 months, and a struggle of two decades.

As death row prisoner Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar runs out of options, wife Navneet tells PRITHA CHATTERJEE she can’t give up

Devinder doesn’t recognise her anymore. “I know he does not know me, but there is no substitute to seeing him alive, in front of me,” says navneet -----------

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Link to the source of the article in post #13 (posted by Isingh)

Source: http://www.indianexpress.com/news/i-wish-we-get-to-grow-old-together.-it-happens-in-the-movies.../1120808/

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