The Supreme Court on Wednesday posed several queries to the government while hearing Davinder Pal Singh Bhullar's petition seeking a stay on his death sentence. In one of the queries, the court wondered as to why the government did not place Bhullar's medical records before President Pratibha Patil when she decided his mercy plea.
Bhullar, who is facing the death sentence for triggering a bomb blast in New Delhi in September 1993 that left nine people dead, is apparently suffering from psychiatric illness. He has sought stay on his execution on medical grounds.
A bench of justice GS Sinvhgi and justice SJ Mukopadhyaya also wanted to know whether the ministry of home affairs had intimated the President that the terror act under which Bhullar was sentenced to death had since been repealed.
It asked additional solicitor general (ASG) Haren Rawal whether the fact that the terror act wasn't in force is taken into consideration while deciding a mercy plea or not.
As Rawal defended the "inordinate delay" taken to decide Bhullar's clemency petition, the court expressed strong reservation to a foreign government writing to the Indian administration asking the latter not to execute the Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF) terrorist.