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After Bhullar's verdict, no mercy for 17 others death row convicts!
Last Updated : 12 Apr 2013 03:27:58 PM IST
After Bhullar\
After Bhullar's verdict, no mercy for 17 others death row convicts!

 

The Supreme Court on Friday delivered its much awaited verdict on Devinderpal Singh Bhullar. Rejecting his plea, the apex court upheld his death sentence and proclaimed that he would be executed.


With this judgement ,the apex court made it clear that mercy petitions of the other 17 death row convicts  will not be entertained.Thus no mercy will be granted  to death row convicts  and thus they will be hanged.

Today's decision will pave the way for his hanging and is likely to have an impact on 17 other convicts on the death row including those held guilty in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case.

 

Those held guilty in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case had pleaded that their death penalty should be commuted because the President took 11 years to reject their appeal. They have already spent 22 years in prison.

 

Among the 17 are three awarded death for their role in Rajiv Gandhi's assassination, four associates of killed forest brigand Veerappan and nine others whose mercy pleas were rejected this month by the President. In all these 17 cases, the apex court has stayed execution of their death sentence.

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.

The lawyers argued that  prolonged incarceration of a death row convict awaiting his execution amounted to cruelty and violated the fundamental right to life under Article 21 of the Constitution.

 

Bhullar was awarded death penalty for triggering a bomb blast here in September 1993, killing nine people and injuring
25 others, including then Youth Congress president M S Bitta.

The apex court had on March 26, 2002, dismissed Bhullar's appeal against the death sentence awarded by a trial court in August 2001 and endorsed by the Delhi High Court in 2002.

 He had filed a review petition which was also dismissed on December 17, 2002. Bhullar had then moved a curative
petition which too had been rejected by the apex court on March 12, 2003.

Bhullar, meanwhile, had filed a mercy petition before the President on January 14, 2003. The President, after a lapse of
over eight years, dismissed his mercy plea on May 25, 2011.


MS Bitta, then Youth Congress leader, who was one of the targets of the attack hailed the SC verdict. Bitta who now heads the  All-India Anti-Terrorist Front (AIATF) lashed out at the Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and other Congress leaders of shielding Bhullar from receiving the death sentence.

 


As usual the human rights cottage industry — is in full swing asking for mercy to the murderers. PUCL / South India Cell for Human Rights Education and Monitoring (SICHREM) etc. have formed a national confederation of human rights organisations to voice support to murderers and terrorists.

 

Article 142 of the Indian Constitution gives the Supreme Court absolute power. To do complete justice the court can examine a mercy petition. The scope for reviewing a decision by the President is extremely limited since the mercy petition to the President itself is based on a Supreme Court judgment (of capital punishment).

 

NDA allies BJP and SAD came out with divergent views on the apex court order dismissing terrorist Devinderpal Singh Bhullar's plea for commuting his death sentence, with the former demanding implementation of the execution and the latter seeking a Presidential review.


 

 

 "We are deeply sad at the judgement...We did not expect it. We felt that in this case, instead of going by legal and
technical grounds, the sentiments of the community and humanity should have been taken into consideration," General
Secretary of Shiromani Akali Dal, P S Chandumajra said.

 

Perarivalan, Murugan and Santhan have also been awarded death sentence for their role in the assassination of Gandhi in 1991. All the three have challenged the rejection of their mercy petitions by the President and the matter is pending before the Supreme Court.

 

 

 

 

The execution of death sentence of four aides of sandalwood smuggler Veerappan is still pending, who were awarded capital punishment in 2004 for a landmine blast in Karnataka that left 22 police personnel dead.

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. Their mercy petition was rejected by President Pranab Mukherjee on February 13. 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.


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