SC commutes Khalistani terrorist Bhullar’s death sentence to life imprisonment

SC commutes Khalistani terrorist Bhullar’s death sentence to life imprisonment


New Delhi, Mar 31: The Supreme Court on Monday commuted the death sentence of 1993 Delhi bomb blast case convict and Khalistani terrorist Devinderpal Singh Bhullar to life term on the ground of delay in deciding his mercy plea and his medical condition.


A four-judge bench headed by Chief Justice P Sathasivam granted life to Bhullar on the ground of delay on the part of the government in deciding his mercy plea and also on the basis of his present medical condition.



The bench, also comprising justices R M Lodha, H L Dattu and S J Mukhopadhaya, passed the order on a curative petition filed by Bhullar’s wife Navneet Kaur.

She pleaded before the court to relook into its verdict, in which Bhullar’s plea for commuting the sentence was rejected, in view of its recent judgment where it was held that delay in deciding mercy plea can be a ground for commutation of death penalty.

Bhullar was convicted and awarded death penalty for triggering a bomb blast in New Delhi in September 1993, which killed nine persons and injured 25 others, including then Youth Congress president M S Bitta.

The Centre had earlier on March 27 told the court that it had no problem with commutation of Bhullar’s death sentence to life term.

It had said that the petition in this regard has to be allowed in view of the court’s January 21 verdict that delay in deciding mercy pleas can be a ground for such relief.

The bench had on January 31 stayed Bhullar’s execution and had agreed to review its judgment by which it had rejected the 1993 Delhi bomb blast convict’s plea to commute his death sentence to life term.

It had issued notice to the Centre and Delhi government on a curative petition and had also directed the Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences (IHBAS), where Bhullar is being treated, to file a medical report on the condition of the death row convict who is alleged to be suffering from mental illness.

The apex court had on January 21 said that inordinate and inexplicable delay by government in deciding mercy plea of death row convicts can be a ground for commuting their sentence.

The apex court had on March 26, 2002 dismissed Bhullar’s appeal against the death sentence awarded by a trial court in August 2001 and endorsed by the Delhi high court in 2002.

He had filed a review petition which was also dismissed on December 17, 2002. Bhullar had then moved a curative petition which too had been rejected by the apex court on March 12, 2003.

Bhullar, meanwhile, had filed a mercy petition before the President on January 14, 2003.

The President, after a lapse of over eight years, dismissed his mercy plea on May 14, 2011. Citing the delay, he had again moved the apex court for commutation of the death sentence but his plea was rejected.

The apex court on January 21 had held inordinate delay by government in deciding mercy plea of death row convicts can be a ground for commuting their sentence and had granted life to 15 condemned prisoners including four aides of forest brigand Veerappan.

In the landmark judgment, the court had held that prolonging execution of death sentence has a “dehumanising effect” on condemned prisoners who have to face the “agony” of waiting for years under the shadow of death during the pendency of their mercy plea.


Woman journalist allegedly gang-raped in Vindhyachal area of Uttar Pradesh

Woman journalist allegedly gang-raped in Vindhyachal area of Uttar Pradesh

Mirzapur, Mar 28:  A 30-year-old woman journalist was allegedly raped by two persons in Vindhyachal area, police said today.

The incident occurred when the victim had gone to Ahstabhuja hill last evening, DIG Vindhyachal Range, RK Srivastava said.

One of the accused has been arrested and his vehicle has been seized, police said adding further investigation is on.

New Delhi: 40-year-old woman gang-raped, dumped outside AIIMS

New Delhi: 40-year-old woman gang-raped, dumped outside AIIMS


New Delhi, Mar 31: A 40-year-old woman was allegedly gang-raped by two men, including a doctor, in south Delhi’s Hauz Khas on Saturday afternoon.rape

The woman has also alleged that four men, including this duo, had raped her about three years ago.

While three of the accused are still at large, police on Sunday arrested 40-year-old Vikas, who is alleged to have raped the woman earlier.

The woman is said to have been associated with an NGO in the past, but was currently looking for another job. She has told police 40-year-old Raj Narayan had taken her near Sai Temple in Lodhi Colony on Saturday to meet a doctor Relia, 75, regarding a security guard’s job at a dispensary.

After the meeting with Relia, the three left for Hauz Khas to meet an 80-year-old man, Kishore Chand Narang, at his residence. Instead of any discussions related to her job, Relia and Narayan allegedly took turns to rape the woman at the house. Police said the victim has alleged that even Narang was present at the house at the time of the crime.

“The men dumped her in front of AIIMS Trauma Centre at about 5:30 pm. We sent her for a medical test after she approached us to file a complaint,” said a police officer, adding that the medical test has confirmed rape.

The woman also told police that she was gang-raped by the trio and another man, Vikas, 40, about three years ago. “She claims she couldn’t muster the courage to approach police at that time,” said the officer.

Former President A P J Abdul Kalam to interact with students in Mangalore on April 1

Former President A P J Abdul Kalam to interact with students in Mangalore on April 1

Mangalore, Mar 30: Former President of India A P J Abdul Kalam will be visiting Mangalore on April 1.

He would interact with more than 1,600 students of various schools of Mangalore at TMA Pai Convention Hall in the city at 4.30 pm.

Addressing the media persons Zilla Panchayat CEO Tulasi Maddineni that the former president will spend time with students for about 50 minutes. During interaction, students may electoral process, ethical voting, role of youth, development issues, democracy and so on. However, they are barred from asking questions on political parties or individual.

The total seating capacity of the hall is 1,760. The students will have to give their names at the entrance for raising a question. The students have to produce their school/college identity cards at the venue to enter the hall. As there will be frisking, students are requested to be at the venue by 3.45 pm, she added.

Mr Kalam is part of the Election Commission’s voter awareness campaign as a ‘national icon’ ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

Deputy Commissioner A B Ibrahim has said that the ballot papers for service voters have been printed and dispatched. The answer script evaluation of SSLC and PU Board examinations will not be started from April 9 to 17, due to Lok Sabha polls.

Vittal moral policing ; ‘aggrieved woman’ lodges molestation cases against victims

Vittal moral policing ; ‘aggrieved woman’ lodges molestation cases against victims


VITTAL : In a new twist to the Vittal incident wherein five youth were grievously assaulted by a group of over 50 persons for the sole reason that they spoke to a woman of another community, there is now information that the accused have been successful in getting a complaint lodged by the woman against the victims alleging that they tried to outrage her modesty.
The incident was reported from Jaakimoole near Kambalabettu on March 25,Tuesday night. Police have already arrested five of the accused and are searching for the rest.
In fact, the woman who had appeared at the station the next day of the incident to lodge a complaint against the victims, had however hesitated to lodge a complaintafter she failed to reply to the questions of the interrogating officials.However on March 27, Thursday she once again arrived at the station and complained that the victims tried to outrage her modesty.
According to her complaint, 11 youth tied to outrage her modesty while she was walking along with her father at Kambalabettu on March 25, Tuesday night. Hecomplaint states there were nine persons including Karunaker, Lingappa Gowda and Lohith in the jeep and two others in a bike who tried to drag her and then take her inside the jeep and tried to molest her.
At the outset it is evident that the fanatics who are resorting to immoral policing were now trying to protect themselves using a woman of their own community.