SGPC chief says Supreme Court is against minorities, committed judicial murder

Devinderpal Singh BhullarThe Supreme Court has dismissed death row convict Devinderpal Singh Bhullar's plea for commutation of his death sentence. (IE photo)

"After the court order today, there is a wave of sadness among the Sikh community. In a signature campaign to save Bhullar, lakhs of people expressed their solidarity with Bhullar to save him. And those who favoured mercy for Bhullar were not only Sikhs, but Hindus also," Akal Takht chief said, adding, "questioning death penalty saying "one of the judges in three judge bench that had awarded death penalty to Bhullar had acquitted Bhullar" and sentence was awarded on the basis of only his "confessional statement".

Radical Sikh organisation Dal Khalsa termed the dismissal of petition of Bhullar as "shocking and disturbing for people of Punjab in general and Sikh community in particular".

"The decision is travesty of justice as Prof Bhullar is on death row since 18 years. Secondly he was given punishment on the basis of confessional statement taken by police officer under torture. Thirdly, it was a split verdict, Chief Justice acquitted him. Fourthly, he was deported from Germany, where capital punishment is not given," Dal Khalsa spokesperson Kanwarpal Singh added.

"In the wake of hanging of Afzal Guru, the Jammu and Kashmir chief minister taking a jibe at Indian state said in public that the state is selective in the case of death convicts, the Sikhs were apprehending that the next target will be a Sikh. With today's SC decision, our fears might come true," Kanwarpal added.

Meanwhile, Maninderjit Singh Bitta, the then president of Indian Youth Congress who survived the 1993 bomb blast triggered by Bhullar that killed nine persons, welcomed the Supreme Court order dismissing mercy plea of Bhullar.

"I had not expected this. I was thinking that verdict would go in favour of Bhullar. But, I am happy that his plea was dismissed. Now, my next fight is to identify and bring all those to book, who were responsible for withdrawal of my security cover a day ahead of the attack, pushing me in front of terrorists," Bitta told over phone.

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