Mercy Petitions

  • Relief for Bhullar, Centre in favour of commuting his death penalty 27-03-2014 02:16 PM

    New Delhi: In a major relief to Khalistani terrorist Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar, the Centre told the Supreme Court on Thursday that it was in favour of commuting his death penalty into life imprisonment. The Centre said that there was a delay of 18 years in deciding on his mercy...
  • SC to decide on mercy plea of Rajiv Gandhi's assassins today 18-02-2014 08:27 AM

    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...
  • 'Death row convicts' cases need to be treated case by case' 25-04-2013 12:04 PM

    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...
  • Doctor, judge say there is a case to grant pardon to Bhullar 24-04-2013 09:47 AM

    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...
  • Hearing of Rajiv case convict's RTI plea put off 15-04-2013 07:04 PM

    Chennai: The video conferencing session of Perarivalan, a death row convict in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, with the Chief Information Commissioner planned on Monday over his RTI query has been postponed, a top police official said. "The session has been postponed. There is no information on when would be...
  • SC decision on Bhullar a setback for 17 others on death row as well 12-04-2013 08:59 PM

    New Delhi: No relief for Khalistani terrorist Devender Pal Singh Bhullar. But the Supreme Court decision spells disappointment for others on death row too. The apex court on Friday rejected the mercy petition of Bhullar, who had sought commutation of his death penalty to life sentence on the ground that...
  • How can the judiciary hang a mentally unstable man, asks Bhullar's friend 12-04-2013 03:28 PM

    Unhappy with the Supreme Court's decision on his friend Devinder Pal Bhullar's mercy petition, Arvinder Singh said their battle is on and they will approach Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over the issue. ...
  • SC rejects Devinder Pal Bhullar's plea, upholds death in 1993 blast case 12-04-2013 11:29 AM

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday rejected the mercy petition of Devinder Pal 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. The court said that delay cannot be...
  • Haryana: Court stays hanging of rape-murder convict 07-04-2013 03:30 AM

    Chandigarh: The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Saturday temporarily stayed the hanging of a rape-murder convict, Dharampal Singh, in Haryana. A division bench of Justices AK Mittal and Gurmeet Singh Sandhawalia stayed the hanging of the convict following a petition filed by NGO, Lawyers for Human Rights International. The...
  • President Pranab rejects mercy petitions in five cases 04-04-2013 09:47 AM

    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...
  • News 360: Tainted chopper deal put on hold, say sources 13-02-2013 09:25 PM

    The AugustaWestland chopper deal got murkier with allegations of bribery now being levelled directly at the former Air Chief, SP Tyagi. ...
  • 24 mercy petitions disposed of since 2009, 13 pending 19-12-2012 08:42 AM

    New Delhi: As many as 24 mercy petition cases have been disposed of since 2009 while 13 are still pending with the government, Parliament was told on Tuesday. Among the 24 mercy petitions that have been disposed of is that of Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab - the last 26/11 terrorist...
  • 11 yrs since Parliament attack, MPs to pay respect to victims 13-12-2012 07:30 AM

    New Delhi: Thursday marks 11 years of the terrorist attack on Parliament that left nine people dead in 2001. Parliamentarians will pay their respects to the security officers, who lost their lives in the 2001 attack. Meanwhile, Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said that a decision on convict Afzal Guru's...
  • Kasab's execution will not affect Sarabjit's release: Lawyer 25-11-2012 05:11 PM

    Jalandhar: The execution of 26/11 terror attack convict Ajmal Kasab will not affect the ongoing trial of Indian death row prisoner Sarabjit Singh in Pakistan, his advocate Awais Sheikh has said. "Sarabjit and Kasab's cases are different. Kasab's case was related to terrorism in which many were killed. Whereas Sarabjit's...
  • Chisti's family to meet Rajasthan Governor 19-11-2011 08:42 AM

    Jaipur: The family of Pakistani doctor Khalil Chisti has been granted permission to meet the Governor of Rajasthan on Saturday to plead for his release on a month-long visa. Dr Chisti's wife, Meherunissa Chisti, said, "I appeal the Rajasthan Government to please release Dr Chisti in a months time. My...
  • SC expected to hear Bhullar's mercy plea today 15-11-2011 07:30 AM

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court is expected to hear Khalistani militant Devender Singh Bhullar's mercy petition on Tuesday. The Khalistani militant had been sentenced to death for triggering the 1993 Delhi car bomb attack that killed 12 people. He had filed a mercy petition before President Pratibha Patil in January,...
  • Mercy plea of Rajiv Gandhi's killers rejected 11-08-2011 03:53 PM

    New Delhi: President Pratibha Patil has rejected the clemency petitions of three killers of Rajiv Gandhi whose death sentences were confirmed by the Supreme Court in 2000. The apex court had sentenced members of the banned Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE) Murugan, Santhan, Perarivalan and Nalini to death in...
  • MHA rejects Afzal Guru's mercy plea: sources 10-08-2011 06:08 PM

    New Delhi: In a major development, the Government is understood to have recommended to President Pratibha Patil rejection of the clemency petition of Mohd Afzal Guru, convicted for the attack on Parliament in 2001. The move could pave the way for the likely hanging of Afzal, an issue that has...
  • Ajmer: 78-year-old Pak doctor hopes for release 06-07-2011 08:59 AM

    Jaipur: Dr Khalil Chisty, 78, who is battling several ailments at the Ajmer Jail may not have much time. And that's why the movement to release him and reunite him with his family across the border in Pakistan is gaining momentum. Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt has now put in his support...
  • 17 mercy petitions pending before the President 04-07-2011 10:15 AM

    New Delhi: Mercy petitions of 17 people on death row are pending before President Pratibha Patil, reply to a Right to Information (RTI) application has revealed. Most of the pleas are from those convicted of murder or rape. In reply to information sought under the RTI Act by Subhash Chandra...
  • Pak doctor hopes for an early release 24-06-2011 10:44 AM

    Jaipur: Dr Khaleel Chisty, the 78-year-old Pakistani virologist, hopes for an early release from the Ajmer jail, even as the Indian and Pakistani foreign secretaries held talks in Islamabad. Dr Chisty, who is serving a jail term for murder in Ajmer, Rajasthan, has a chance of being released, as a...
  • Two convicts to be hanged as Prez denies mercy 27-05-2011 07:05 AM

    New Delhi: The waiting list of death row mercy pleas has become shorter as President Pratibha Patil has rejected the mercy petitions of two murder convicts MN Das and Devender Bhullar. Khalistani terrorist Bhullar was convicted for attacking Congress leader MS Bitta in 1993, leading to several deaths in Delhi....
  • Let law take its own course in Afzal case: Omar 19-05-2010 02:46 PM

    Kashmir: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said on Wednesday that law should be allowed to take its course in the mercy petition case of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, who is a Kashmiri Muslim. In an exclusive interview to CNN-IBN Omar said that media or political trial of...
  • Pak students protest move to pardon Sarabjit 26-04-2008 05:50 PM

    Sydney: Having called time on his successful one-day international career, Ricky Ponting has made it clear that the Ashes tour to England next year was his goal. He gave every indication he would go on in Test cricket for as long as possible, and Ashes is a priority for the...