The central government 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.
The Supreme Court said that if the government fails to take a decision on terror convict Devinderpal Singh Bhullar`s plea seeking the commutation of his death sentence into life imprisonment, then it would decide the matter.
The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) is mulling to file a review petition in the Supreme Court after it had rejected the petition of Khalistani terrorist Devinderpal Singh Bhullar to commute his death sentence.
The SC refused to give credence to Khalistani terrorist Devinderpal Singh Bhullar`s medical reports which said that he became mentally disturbed due to living for a long time under the shadow of death, while turning down his plea.
Long delay in disposing of mercy pleas by President or Governor of persons convicted under anti-terror laws or similar statutes cannot be a ground for commutation of death sentence, the Supreme Court held.