SC rejects 1993 Delhi blast convict Bhullar's mercy plea

Apr 12, 2013, 16:27 IST | Agencies

The Supreme Court Friday dismissed a plea by 1993 Delhi bomb blast accused Devender Pal Singh Bhullar challenging the rejection of his mercy plea by the president.

An apex court bench of Justice G.S. Singhvi and Justice S.J. Mukhopadyay said the petitioner had failed to make a case for commuting death sentence to life imprisonment, on grounds of the delay by the president in deciding his mercy plea.

Bhullar was given capital punishment for the 1993 blast at the Youth Congress office in Delhi which left nine dead. The attack was targeted against then Youth Congress leader M.S. Bitta.

Bhullar had filed a mercy petition on January 14, 2003, which was rejected by the president May 25, 2011.

Davindra Bhullar Case backgound

Mid-day on 11 september 1993, a car bomb outside Indian youth congress exploded. The bomb used in the attack was made of RDX and was controlled by a remote. After the attack Khalistan Liberation Force took the responsibility of the attack.

M S Bitti was the prime target of this attack, who escaped with shrapnel injuries. Bitti was targetted as he was a vocal critic of Khalistani separatists.

During the investigations, authorities named Devender Pal Singh Bhullar, a militant affliated with Khalistan, as the bomber responsible for the attack.

After the attack, Bhullar fled to Germany to seek political asylum. After he was denied asylum from the German government, he returned to India.

He was prosecuted for 1993 blast. Bhullar is also allegedly involved in the 1992 Amritsar blast, due to lack of evidence the case is not pursued.

On 25 August 2001, he was found guilty for the 1993 Delhi car bomb attack which killed nine, and was sentenced to death by hanging.

Later SC dismisses Bhullar's plea against his conviction and sentence. On January 14, 2003 Bhullar files mercy petition to the President. which is later rejected. 

He, thereafter, moves SC seeking commutation of his death sentence to life term on the ground of delay in rejection of his mercy plea.

April 12, 2013 SC dismisses Bhullar's plea for commutation of his death sentence to life imprisonment.  

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