Navneet Kaur Bhullar, wife of death convict Davinder Pal Singh Bhullar, has reacted cautiously to the Supreme Court’s stay on his execution.
“It happened many times during this long judicial fight that we came very close to getting freedom for my husband from the gallows but every time things took a U-turn and we were disappointed. Once again I have a feeling that we are close to getting justice for him but nothing can be said until something constructive comes out”, she told HT over phone from Canada, where she is staying now, after the news spread.
The apex court had stayed the execution of Bhullar on Friday and sought to know from the central and Delhi governments why his death sentence should not be commuted because of the delay in deciding the mercy plea, and in view of his mental illness. Last week, the court had commuted death sentences of 15 convicts due to the delay in their execution.
Navneet Kaur said her lawyers wanted her to come to India after the recent developments (commutation of death due to delay in execution), but it would depend on her health. She said she was not fit to travel right now.
Commenting on the Delhi Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal, extending support to Bhullar, she said, “Definitely it was unexpected news. We are thankful to him (for his support).” She, however, clarified that she had no affiliation with any political party.