Cong steers clear of issue of Bhullar`s mercy petition

Last Updated: Monday, May 30, 2011 - 22:03

New Delhi: Congress on Monday steered clear of
the issue of rejection of Khalistan militant Devinder Pal
Singh Bhullar`s mercy plea despite several political parties
including PCC chief Amarinder Sing making it an issue ahead of
the assembly election in the state.

"It has always been our tradition not to comment on
matters which are under hearing in the court," party
spokesperson Manish Tewari said replying to a volley of
questions including whether AICC endorsed the PCC chief`s
views.

Noting that the Supreme Court has issued a notice to
the respondent and the matter continues to be in the apex
court, Tewari said "we are honouring our tradition of not to
comment on on-going court proceedings."

To a specific question on whether the AICC endorsed
the comments of the PCC chief Amarinder Singh`s comments,
Tewari said "so far as intra-party proceeses, there is an
institutional mechanism to deal with it. When this process
will come into play, we will tell you."

Punjab`s ruling Shiromani Akali Dal has sought direct and
immediate intervention of the Prime Minister to save the life
of Bhullar on grounds of humanitarianism and civilised concern
and above all national interest".

"I feel killing a man is not going to solve the problem.
By killing a man you can`t solve the problem," former Punjab
Chief Minister Amarinder, who is also PCC, had told reporters
in Chandigarh yesterday. Amarinder wants the death sentence to
be commuted to life imprisonment.

PTI



First Published: Monday, May 30, 2011 - 22:03

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