The European Union (EU) has asked India to commute to life the death sentence of terrorist Devender Pal Singh Bhullar, whose clemency petition was rejected by the President, the Rajya Sabha was informed on Wednesday.
"EU, in their letter, has inter-alia requested to commute the death sentence of Devender Pal Singh Bhullar to life imprisonment. As a decision in the matter has already been taken, no reply has been sent to EU," minister of state for home Mullappally Ramachandran said.
He, however, said the Punjab government has not requested the Central government to reconsider the execution of Bhullar.
Bhullar was sentenced to death by a trial court on August 25, 2001, for plotting terror attacks on Punjab SSP Sumedh Singh Saini in 1991 and the then Youth Congress president M S Bitta in 1993 leading to several deaths in Delhi.
Subsequently, both the High Court and the Supreme Court had upheld the lower court order.
President Pratibha Patil too rejected his mercy petition in May last.