Bhullar mentally not fit to be hanged

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New Delhi, April 12 (IANS) Khalistani terrorist Devender Pal Singh Bhullar, whose petition against the president’s rejection of his mercy plea in the 1993 Delhi bomb blast case was dismissed by the Supreme Court, needs more mental health treatment and cannot be hanged till declared fit, officials said Friday.

“Bhullar is undergoing treatment at the Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences (IHBAS) in Dilshad Garden,” the office of his lawyer K.T.S. Tulsi told IANS.

Bhullar was sent to the mental health institute two-and-half years ago, and has since been lodged there.

A doctor said he needs more treatment.

“Bhullar is undergoing treatment by a panel of five to six doctors,” Rajesh Kumar, one of the doctors treating Bhullar at the IHBAS, said.

“It is not easy to say how much time is required for him to be mentally fit. We usually share his clinical condition with the court every fortnight,” he said.

Tihar Central Jail spokesman Sunil Gupta told IANS: “As per Indian law, a convict cannot be hanged till he is declared mentally and physically fit.”

“When we get Bhullar’s fitness certificate from the asylum, he will be lodged back in Tihar Jail and hanged as per procedure,” he said.

Bhullar was given capital punishment for the 1993 blast at the Youth Congress office in Delhi, which left nine dead.

The attack targetted then Youth Congress leader M.S. Bitta.

Bhullar had filed a mercy petition Jan 14, 2003, which was rejected by the president May 25, 2011.

He approached the Supreme Court in 2011, which Friday again rejected his plea.

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