New Delhi: The political debate over the execution of Khalistani terrorist Devender Pal Singh Bhullar remains charged, but there is a new twist, his doctor and one of the judges who ruled in his case, say there is a case to grant him pardon.
While the Supreme Court has shot down his plea for death sentence to be commuted, his doctor says his condition is worsening. Bhullar has been undergoing treatment for depression for over two years now.
"In last two years, his depression improved was medication. But news of legal developments throws him back into his fantasy world; it's difficult to deal with," Dr Nimesh Desai said.
The doctor says his opinion was never sought before Bhullar's mercy plea was rejected. "It's not for me to say should or ought, when it comes to the court, but yes our opinion should formally have been sought," Nimesh said.
Meanwhile, Bhullar's wife Navneet who has been fighting for his freedom for 20 years now says her husband never got a fair trial. "There is no direct evidence. There is only confessional statement under torture. That's why I have still hope for justice," Navneet said
Something even MB Shah, the only dissenting judge in the three member bench which convicted Bhullar agrees with.
"When courts try cases for conviction, there must be evidence that clinches the fact that he had done something wrong. That according to me was not there. Other judges believed there was evidence. The so called confession statement requires corroboration and at that time, corroborative evidence was not there," Shah said.
But many are questioning why Bhullar should not be hanged, when Parliament attack accused Afzal Guru was executed.
Navneet has waited for 22 years to be united with her husband, when she met him in the national capital on Sunday; she says he didn't even recognise her. Bhullar was sentenced to death in 2003 for carrying out a bomb blast outside the Delhi Youth Congress office in 1993.