Mercy denied

Print edition : April 17, 2013

Davinder Pal Singh Bhullar being produced in a court in Chandigarh in 2005. The Supreme Court has dismissed Bhullar’s plea for commutation of his death sentence to life imprisonment on grounds of delay in deciding his mercy plea. Photo: PTI

A delegation led by Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal and Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal at the Rashtrapati Bhavan after submitting a petition to President Pranab Mukherjee for commuting Bhullar's death sentence to life imprisonment, in New Delhi on April 18. Photo: V_Sudershan

By denying relief to the death-row convict Devender Pal Singh Bhullar on the grounds of inordinate delay in disposing of his mercy petition, the Supreme Court has reversed the two-decade-old jurisprudence in favour of the human rights of prisoners.
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