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SC agrees to hear in open court Bhullar's plea against death sentence

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has agreed to hear the plea of 1993 bomb blast convict Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar who was sentenced to death in August 2001 by a trial court.Bhullar had been awarded
India TV News Desk January 28, 2014 16:38 IST
India TV News Desk
New Delhi: The Supreme Court has agreed to hear the plea of 1993 bomb blast convict Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar who was sentenced to death in August 2001 by a trial court.

Bhullar had been awarded death sentence as he was found guilty of bomb attack in Delhi in September, 1993 killing 9 people and injuring 25 others including Youth Congress President M S Bitta.

The Supreme Court agreed to seek his plea after his wife Nevneet Kaur filed the petition to review the decision of the apex court for change of death sentence to life imprisonment.

A bench comprising Chief Justice P Sathasivam and justices R M Lodha, H L Dattu and S J Mukhopadhaya decided to hear the curative petition filed by Bhullar's wife Nevneet Kaur on Friday.

The hearing in the open court assumes importance in view of the January 21 judgement of five-judge constitutional bench holding that inordinate and inexplicable delay by government in deciding mercy plea of death row convicts can be a ground for commuting their sentence.

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.