New Delhi: Supreme Court on Wednesday cited Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar case and extended the stay on the execution of four aides of the infamous forest brigand Veerappan "till further orders". The apex court also adjourned the matter for six weeks.
The four associates had approached the apex court seeking commutation of their death sentences. On February 18, the Supreme Court had stayed their execution till February 20.
Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar was sentenced to death for carrying out a bomb blast in New Delhi outside the office of All India Youth Congress in which the then youth Congress chief Maninderjit Singh Bitta was injured and several people lost their lives in 1990s. He was sentenced to death on August 25, 2001, and the Supreme Court dismissed his special leave petition in December 2006.
Veerappan's elder brother Gnanaprakash, Simon, Meesekar Madaiah and Bilavendran were awarded death sentence in 2004 in connection with a landmine blast at Palar in Karnataka in 1993 in which 22 police personnel were killed. Recently, President Pranab Mukherjee had rejected their mercy plea.
The four convicts are lodged in a jail in Belgaum in Karnataka. A TADA court in Mysore had in 2001 sentenced them to life term which was enhanced to death sentence by the apex court. Gang leader Veerappan was killed in an encounter with the Tamil Nadu police in October 2004.
(With Additional Inputs From PTI)