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Supreme Court verdict on Devinder Pal Bhullar's mercy plea today

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Apr 12, 2013 at 12:05pm IST

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday will pronounce the much-awaited verdict on the petition of Devinderpal Singh Bhullar, who had sought commutation of his death penalty to life sentence on the ground that there was inordinate delay by the President over his plea for clemency.

Bhullar was sentenced to death in 2003 for carrying out a bomb blast outside the Delhi Youth Congress office in 1993. He had approached the Supreme Court in 2011, saying that his death sentence should be commuted to life imprisonment, because there was an inordinate delay by the President over his plea for clemency.

His mercy petition was pending for 8 years. Bhullar had filed his original mercy plea to commute the sentence to life imprisonment in 2003. It was rejected in 2011, a week after he approached the Supreme Court.

The apex court's verdict will also lay precedence for others on death row like the Rajiv Gandhi assassination convicts.

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