Badals meet president, seek clemency for Bhullar

New Delhi, April 18 (IANS) A delegation of Punjab’s ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), led by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, Thursday met President Pranab Mukherjee to seek clemency for the 1993 Delhi bomb blast convict Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar.

The chief minister, along with his son and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal — who is also the Akali Dal chief, met the president at Rashtrapati Bhavan here.

“We requested the president to pardon Bhullar for the sake of hard-earned communal harmony and peace in Punjab and the rest of India,” Badal told reporters after the meeting.

“There are other technical points and according to law when somebody is very, very sick, he should not be hanged. For the last two-and-a-half years, he has been very sick,” he said.

The SAD leaders met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday.

The Supreme Court last week rejected a petition by Bhullar seeking that his death sentence be commuted to life imprisonment as his mercy plea had not been decided by the president for a long time.

Bhullar was given capital punishment for the Sep 10, 1993, blast at the Indian Youth Congress (IYC) office in Delhi that left nine people dead and 17 others injured.

The attack targeted then IYC president M.S. Bitta.

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