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British lawmaker to seek clemency for Bullar

Last Updated: Monday, October 3, 2011 - 00:12

Amritsar: A British lawmaker on Monday lent his
support to Davinderpal Singh Bhullar, a death row convict in
the 1993 Delhi blast, saying he would take up the issue of
clemency to him with international jurist and rights panels.

Liberal Democratic Party Member of Parliament for
Bermondsey and Old Southwark Simon Hughes said on his return
to UK within a week he would take up the issue of clemency to
Bhullar with Geneva based International Commission of Jurists
and the UNO`s Human Rights Commission.
The clemency petition of Bhullar, sentenced to death for
his role in 1993 bomb blast in Delhi targeting the cavalcade
of then Youth Congress President Maninderjit Singh Bitta in
which nine security personnel were killed, has been rejected
by the President.
Simon, who is also Deputy Leader of Liberal Democrat
Parliamentary Party in the House of Commons in London, said
death sentence was not a solution for any crime.

In many cases in India, people underwent life
imprisonment and then it came to light that they were
innocent, he said adding that death penalty shouldn`t be
awarded to Bhullar as the matter could again be discussed or
investigated further.

Simon said though he had sympathy with victims of the
blast for which Bhullar was awarded death sentence, he would
like the Indian Government to reconsider its decision.


First Published: Monday, October 3, 2011 - 00:12

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