Govt considering plea for clemency for Bhullar: Shinde

Last Updated: Thursday, April 18, 2013 - 20:41

New Delhi: Punjab government`s plea for clemency for Khalistani terrorist Devinderpal Singh Bhullar is under the Centre`s consideration, Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said on Thursday.

"The Chief Minister of Punjab and the Deputy Chief Minister met me and handed over a memorandum. They have given the same memorandum to the Prime Minister and the President. Their representation is under consideration," he told reporters here.

Shinde was replying to a question on Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal and his deputy Sukhbir Singh Badal`s plea for clemency to Bhullar.

Asked whether the reported mental sickness of Bhullar will come in the way of his execution, Shinde said government will look into all aspects before taking any decision.

"We will look into all issues," he said.

The Home Minister also said family members of all death row convicts should be informed well in advance about the possible hanging and be allowed to meet them for a last time before the execution.

"The family should be informed but secrecy must be maintained," he said.

Asked why family members of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru was not informed before his hanging, Shinde said that had happened due to "communication gap" which resulted in the delay of 4-5 days.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, April 18, 2013 - 20:40

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