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Wife calls Bhullar verdict a setback, plays victim card

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, April 12, 2013
First Published: 16:39 IST(12/4/2013) | Last Updated: 00:22 IST(13/4/2013)

Death row convict Devender Pal Singh Bhullar’s wife was “shattered” after the Supreme Court rejected her plea to commute her husband’s death sentence to life on the ground of inordinate delay by the President in deciding his mercy plea.

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Canada based Navneet Kaur (48) said the verdict had ended all her hopes and that the system had not been fair to her husband.

“We have waited for 18-years. I was hopeful that my husband’s death sentence would be commuted to life term by SC as he has already spent 18 years in jail,” she said. Navneet questioned why and how Bhullar was “singled out.”

She expressed sympathy with the families of the policemen who were killed in the car bombing, carried out by her husband, but said: “How can a single person do such a large scale bombing.”

According to her none of the 133 witnesses identified him and the only evidence against him was his confessional statement that was taken under duress.

Navneet suggested her husband was a victim of “vote bank politics.” “My husband has been suffering from mental illness. The court did not consider our points,” she said.

Navneet also questioned why those responsible for the 1984 anti-Sikh riots have not been punished till now.

“Why all this is happening with Sikhs only. Why no one is punishing those who had killed Sikhs on such a large scale in 1984. Why Kishori Lal, Jagdish Tytler and Sajjan Kumar are not being punished.”

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