Mercy Pleas

  • SC commutes deathpenalty of Delhi blast convict Bhullar to life 31-03-2014 11:00 AM

    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 12-03-2014 03:01 PM

    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...
  • A-G seeks time in Bhullar's case, SC adjourns hearing till March 26 10-03-2014 11:21 AM

    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...
  • 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...
  • Arguments for and against death sentence 21-01-2014 11:41 AM

    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 07-05-2013 12:44 PM

    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...
  • '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...
  • Punjab CM meets Prime Minister, seeks mercy for Bhullar 15-04-2013 12:18 PM

    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 15-04-2013 10:03 AM

    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 15-04-2013 04:53 AM

    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 15-04-2013 12:30 AM

    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 13-04-2013 11:21 AM

    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 12-04-2013 05:00 PM

    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 12-04-2013 12:32 PM

    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...
  • SC verdict on Devinder Pal Bhullar's mercy plea today 12-04-2013 06:06 AM

    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...
  • 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...
  • Pakistan: Sarabjit to submit fresh mercy petition 12-11-2012 02:59 AM

    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 23-10-2012 06:56 PM

    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...
  • 26/11: Home Ministry rejects mercy plea of Ajmal Kasab 23-10-2012 05:16 PM

    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...
  • HC dismisses Pak doc's plea against imprisonment 20-12-2011 04:07 PM

    Ajmer: The Rajasthan High Court on Tuesday dismissed 80-year-old Pakistani virologist Dr Khalil Chishti's plea challenging the life imprisonment awarded to him in a murder case. That sentence had come after a 19 year long trial during which he was virtually under house arrest. The mercy plea of Chisti, who...
  • 'Afzal Guru's mercy plea under consideration' 13-12-2011 02:26 PM

    New Delhi: The mercy plea of decade-old Parliament attack case convict Mohd Afzal Guru was among 14 other such applications pending decision by President Pratibha Patil. Replying to an RTI query, the President Secretariat declined to disclose copies of correspondence and file notings related to Guru's clemency petition, saying they...
  • 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,...
  • Bhullar's final bid for mercy today 28-09-2011 07:42 AM

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court will hear Devendar Pal Singh Bhullar's amended plea for mercy on Wednesday. The Khalistani militant was sentenced to death for masterminding the 1993 Delhi car bomb attack that killed 12 people. His counsel has allowed to argue that the death penalty should only be handed...
  • SC allows Bhullar to amend his mercy plea 05-09-2011 12:32 PM

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court has allowed Devender Pal Bhullar, who has been given a death sentence, to amend his clemency petition. Bhullar was convicted in a Delhi car bomb blast case and sentenced to death. Bhullar's counsel has been allowed to plead that the death penalty should only be...
  • Rajiv case: Centre steers clear of mercy plea row 01-09-2011 05:53 PM

    New Delhi: The Centre on Thursday steered clear of the controversy over Tamil Nadu Assembly asking the President to reconsider the mercy pleas of Rajiv Gandhi's killers but said as long as death sentence is legal, courts will continue to award it. "Since there are court proceedings, I can't comment...
  • Punjab CM Badal seeks clemency for Bhullar 01-09-2011 12:09 PM

    Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has written to President Pratibha Patil to re-examine Davinder Pal Singh Bhullar's mercy plea. The letter has been written under pressure from Sikh groups, who have taken a cue from Tamil Nadu Assembly's resolution seeking clemency for Rajiv Gandhi's killers. Badal has written...
  • Politics over Afzal Guru, mercy plea with Prez 12-08-2011 07:09 AM

    New Delhi: Should Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru's case be fast tracked? The Congress admits there should a be a time-frame. "So long as the constitutional rules do not provide for a specific time limit, this is bound to happen. You will have different persons taking different time periods because...