NEW DELHI—The Indian Supreme Court today rejected the review petition seeking stay on execution of Professor Davinder Pal Singh Bhullar.
Death row convict Bhullar’s appeal against death penalty was dismissed by Supreme Court on 26 March 2002. Later his review petition was also dismissed on 17 December 2002.
Professor Bhullar then moved a curative petition which too had been rejected by the Supreme Court on 12 March 2003. He later filed a mercy petition before President on 14 January 2003 and after a wait of over 8 years his plea was dismissed on 25 May last year.
On 02 April, the Supreme Court dismissed Bhullar’s mercy petition to commute his death sentence to life imprisonment.
President Pranab Mukherjee earlier rejected Bhullar’s mercy plea. Press Council of India chairperson Justice Markandey Katju had written to President Pranab Mukherjee seeking pardon for Davinder Pal Singh Bhullar. Katju had said that Bhullar had been having some chronic psychiatric problem and sought pardon for him.
The Shiromani Akali Dal and the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee had also appealed to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh seeking a commutation of death sentence of Bhullar to life imprisonment. Punjab CM Parkash Badal had said that the case deserved a review because of Bhullar’s deteriorating mental health and for communal harmony in Punjab and the rest of the country.