Centre admits delay in Bhullar`s mercy petition
New Delhi: The central government on Thursday admitted there was delay in the deciding death row convict Devinderpal Singh Bhullar`s mercy petition and the court could decide on his wife`s plea for commutation of death sentence into life imprisonment.
Attorney General GE Vahanvati told the apex court bench headed by Chief Justice P Sathasivam that the court in its January 21 verdict had already decided that inordinate and unexplained delay in deciding the mercy petition by the President is a ground for commuting death sentence into life imprisonment.
Vahanvati told the court that since the centre`s plea for the recall of the January 21 verdict has already been dismissed, the delay in deciding the mercy petition as the ground of commuting death sentence into life imprisonment is now a law of the land.
In the wake of Vahanvati`s submission, the court said it will decide the matter Monday or Tuesday.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Pak group uses ‘pellet-hit’ images of PM Modi, Amitabh Bachchan for Kashmir issue
- 19 killed in knife rampage at Japan care home; suspect surrenders
- Government auditor suspects companies rigged 1st e-auction of coal blocks in 2015
- FBI probes Democratic email hack, but is Russia to blame?
- Florida shooting: Three taken into custody, more suspects sought