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* Breaking News - The Centre Has 'no Problem' With Commuting Professor Bhullar's Death Sentence *

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The Supreme Court bench heard today, that the Centre has "no problem" with the commutation of Professor Devinderpal Singh Bhullar's death sentence in to a life term. The petition filed by his wife Navneet Kaur, was on the grounds of relief due to a delay by the government in deciding his mercy plea which was filed in 2003. Attorney General Vahanvati told the bench headed by Chief Justice Sathasivam, "this is a case which has to be allowed because the mercy petition of the convict was decided after a delay of eight years". A short order will be pronounced by the Court on 31st March.

This petition was filed after the landmark judgement made in January this year, when the court held that prolonging the execution of a death sentence has a "dehumanising effect" on condemned prisoners who have to face the agony of waiting for years under the shadow of death during the pendency of the mercy plea.

While this has no doubt provided some relief in the 20+ years battle to clear Professor Bhullar's name, Sikh organisations and human rights activists have been calling for Professor Bhullar's immediate release, saying there can be 'no other outcome' to this grave injustice against an innocent man.


Sikh Organisation For Prisoners Welfare (SOPW)

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