Mercy Plea

  • SC commutes deathpenalty of Delhi blast convict Bhullar to life March 31, 2014

    The Supreme Court on Monday commuted death sentence of 1993 Delhi blast convict Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar to life imprisonment. The apex court has commuted his sentence on two grounds - Bhullar was suffering mental illness and the court said that there has been inordinate delay of 8 years by...
  • SC dismisses Centre's review plea on mercy petitions March 12, 2014

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed a review petition by the Centre which sought that the top court revisit its January order of commuting death sentences if there is a delay in deciding mercy petitions. The Supreme Court had commuted death penalties of 15 convicts to life sentences after...
  • A-G seeks time in Bhullar's case, SC adjourns hearing till March 26 March 10, 2014

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday adjourned the hearing on death row convict Devender Pal Singh Bhullar till March 26 as Attorney General GE Vahanvati has sought more time on grounds that the government is yet to take a decision on Bhullar's mercy plea. The Centre had earlier assured the...
  • SC to decide on mercy plea of Rajiv Gandhi's assassins today February 18, 2014

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court will on Tuesday deliver its judgement on the mercy petition by former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi's assassins. They are seeking to commute their death sentence on grounds of delay in deciding their mercy plea. The judgement will be delivered by a bench headed by Chief Justice...
  • Arguments for and against death sentence January 21, 2014

    New Delhi: The debate on the death penalty is a never ending one. While some are in favour of it, others give various reasons to abolish it. The debate has been revived after the Supreme Court on Tuesday commuted death penalty of 15 convicts on the grounds of inordinate delay...
  • Bhullar's wife moves SC for stay on his death sentence May 7, 2013

    New Delhi: The wife of 1993 Delhi blast convict Devinderpal Singh Bhullar moved the Supreme Court on Tuesday for a stay on the execution of his death sentence. The Supreme Court says that she will have to approach the same bench that delivered the verdict. The Supreme Court had earlier this...
  • 'Death row convicts' cases need to be treated case by case' April 25, 2013

    Even as the political debate remains charged about the execution of Khalistani convict Devender Pal Singh Bhullar, the man who treated him for more than 2 years in Delhi says his team's medical input should have been taken into account. He makes it clear that death row convicts' cases need...
  • Punjab CM meets Prime Minister, seeks mercy for Bhullar April 15, 2013

    New Delhi: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his deputy Sukhbir Singh Badal on Monday met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh seeking clemency for Khalistani terrorist and 1993 blast convict Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar, whose mercy petition was turned down by the Supreme Court. "We have submitted a memorandum to...
  • SC verdict on Bhullar: Punjab CM to meet PM today April 15, 2013

    Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his deputy Sukhbir Singh Badal will meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday, in connection with the death row convict Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar case. "Both Badals will meet the Prime Minister tomorrow (Monday) to seek commutation of death sentence of Bullar...
  • Security stepped up after SC rejects Bhullar's plea April 15, 2013

    Chandigarh: Security was on Sunday stepped up across the Punjab in the wake of uneasy calm among the radicals after the apex court had rejected the petition of Khalistani terrorist Devinderpal Singh Bhullar to commute his death sentence. The deployment of police have been increased by mobilising Punjab Armed Police...
  • Bhullar issue: Badal, Sukhbir to meet Manmohan Singh April 15, 2013

    Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his deputy Sukhbir Singh Badal will meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday, in connection with the death row convict Devinderpal Singh Bhullar case. "Both Badals will meet the Prime Minister tomorrow to seek commutation of death sentence of Bullar to life...
  • SC verdict on Bhullar: Punjab Police put on high alert April 13, 2013

    Chandigarh/New Delhi: A day after the Supreme Court turned down the plea of death row convict and Khalistani terrorist Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar for commutation of his death sentence to life term, the Punjab Police has been been asked to step up security across the state. Delivering the operative portion...
  • Bhullar verdict is 'death of democracy': SGPC April 12, 2013

    Amritsar: Reacting sharply to the Supreme Court's verdict on Khalistani terrorist Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar, Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) on Friday said the judgement was "the death of democracy". "There are two kinds of laws in India. One kind of law is for the Sikh minorities and the other...
  • SC has been very harsh on Bhullar, says lawyer of Rajiv Gandhi's killers April 12, 2013

    Reacting to the Supreme Court's verdict on Bhullar's mercy plea, lawyer of Rajiv Gandhi's killer M Radhakrishnan says the decision of the apex court has come as a big disappointment for him. "A Constitution bench of the SC had held that mere delay of 5 years or more for those who...
  • SC verdict on Devinder Pal Bhullar's mercy plea today April 12, 2013

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday will pronounce the muchawaited 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...
  • President Pranab rejects mercy petitions in five cases April 4, 2013

    New Delhi: Expediting the pending mercy petitions, President Pranab Mukherjee upheld execution in five cases and commuted death sentence to life term in two others. Details of President's decision were not available immediately. Seven cases of multiple murders, including one in which a convict, who was out on bail on...
  • Dispose mercy petitions in 3 months: Parliamentary panel March 2, 2013

    New Delhi: Amid demands of death for rapists, a Parliamentary panel today suggested that President should not consider clemency pleas in rape and murder cases and said mercy petitions should be disposed of within three months and reasons for granting clemency should be made public. In its report tabled in...
  • President rejects mercy pleas of Veerappan aides February 13, 2013

    New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee has rejected the mercy pleas of four associates of the infamous forest brigand Veerappan. The four accused whose mercy pleas have been rejected are Gnanprakasham, Simon, Meesekar Madaiah and Bilavendran. A Mysore court had awarded life term to the four associates of Veerappan for their involvement...
  • President rejects mercy plea of death row convict January 14, 2013

    New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee has rejected the mercy plea of death row convict Saibanna Ningappa Natikar, who had murdered his wife and daughter. This is the second mercy petition that Mukherjee has rejected after assuming office. The President had in November 2012 rejected the mercy petition of Mumbai terror attack convict...
  • Pakistan: Sarabjit to submit fresh mercy petition November 12, 2012

    Lahore: Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh, who is on a death row for alleged involvement in a string of bombings in Pakistani cities in 1990, has signed a fresh mercy petition to be sent to President Asif Ali Zardari. Sarabjit's lawyer Awais Sheikh met him at Kot Lakhpat jail on Saturday...
  • BJP welcomes govt's rejection of Kasab's mercy plea October 23, 2012

    New Delhi: The BJP on Tuesday welcomed the Home Ministry's decision to reject 26/11 convict Ajmal Kasab's mercy petition and demanded that he be hanged at the earliest to send across a stern message to terrorists and terror sponsors. "We welcome this decision of the government against Kasab. It should be...
  • 26/11: Home Ministry rejects mercy plea of Ajmal Kasab October 24, 2012

    New Delhi: Union Home Ministry on Tuesday recommended the rejection of the mercy petition of Pakistani terrorist and 26/11 lone survivor Ajmal Kasab. Senior lawyer Ujjwal Nikam has welcomed the development, saying "President has to study the recommendation of MHA. It's a positive phase in the case. It's a good...
  • Maharashtra home dept 'rejects' Kasab's mercy plea September 24, 2012

    Mumbai: Ajmal Amir Kasab's mercy petition, addressed to President Pranab Mukherjee, has been "rejected" by Maharashtra Home Ministry, days after the lone surviving perpetrator of 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks set in motion the last option available to save his life. "The Home Ministry has rejected Kasab's petition and has forwarded it...
  • Sena wants no mercy plea for death row convicts August 30, 2012

    New Delhi: A Bill seeking to bar death row convicts for waging a war against the nation from making mercy pleas to the President is likely to be introduced by a Shiv Sena member in the Rajya Sabha on Friday. The Private Members bill being moved by Bharatkumar Raut has...
  • Will Kasab's death sentence go the Afzal Guru way? August 30, 2012

    New Delhi: After the Supreme Court upheld the death sentence of 26/11 convict Ajmal Kasab, the big question remains whether his execution will be delayed just like that of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru. Afzal Guru's death sentence was upheld by the apex court for carrying out the Parliament attack in...
  • Reject Afzal Guru's plea: Shiv Sena to Pranab July 23, 2012

    Mumbai: Less than 24 hours after Pranab Mukherjee was elected as the 13th President of India, parties that favoured him are already trying to extract their pound of flesh. Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray, through party mouth piece 'Saamna', wants Pranab Mukherjee to begin his presidency by dealing with the...
  • Sarabjit files fresh appeal seeking mercy: lawyer July 13, 2012

    New Delhi: Indian death row prisoner in Pakistan Sarabjit Singh has filed a fresh appeal to President Asif Ali Zardari seeking mercy on the occasion of that country's Independence Day on August 14, his lawyer Awais Sheikh has said. Sheikh, who met Sarabjit in Lahore jail on Thursday, in an email...
  • President defends clemency decisions June 25, 2012

    New Delhi: The Rashtrapati Bhavan on Monday defended its granting mercy to some death row convicts saying the power to pardon is not a private act of grace by the President but a part of the constitutional scheme of things. "Article 72 does confer on the President the power to grant...
  • Badal defends his govt seeking mercy for Rajoana March 31, 2012

    Fatehgarh Sahib: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Friday defended the state government's seeking clemency for death convict Balwant Singh Rajoana saying since the mercy plea of the other coaccused was pending in courts it was not at all justified to hang him till the outcome of these appeals. ...
  • Rajiv killers' pleas adjourned till March 27 January 31, 2012

    Chennai: The Madras High Court adjourned till March 27 the hearing on the petitions by the three men convicted for assassinating former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi to commute their death sentences, while the Tamil Nadu government filed an additional affidavit in support of their pleas. The court had on August 30...