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Bhullar case: SAD mulls review petition in SC

The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has been exploring possibilities to file a review petition in the Supreme Court after the latter rejected Khalistani terrrorist Devinderpal Singh Bhullar's petition to commute his death sentence.

punjab Updated: Apr 15, 2013 00:43 IST
Ravinder Vasudeva

The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has been exploring possibilities to file a review petition in the Supreme Court after the latter rejected Khalistani terrrorist Devinderpal Singh Bhullar's petition to commute his death sentence.


"We are exploring all remedies possible in the case. The issue is attached with the sentiments of Punjabis. Party's senior advocates have started weighing the options and filing a review petition in the apex court seems highly likely," SAD secretary general and Rajya Sabha member Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa told mediapersons at a marriage ceremony he had come to attend here.

The core committee of party has already decided that chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and SAD chief and deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal along with other senior leaders will meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde in this regard.

"The SC judgment is unfortunate. Even a few judges who gave the judgment had raised suspicion over death sentence being awarded to Bhullar," the SAD secretary general said, adding that even former judge and Press Council of India chairperson justice Markandey Katju has raised strong objections over the judgment and has filed a petition before the President, seeking pardon to Bhullar.

A delegation of senior SAD leaders will also meet President Pranab Mukherjee and will apprise him the "seriousness" of the matter.

Regarding the coalition partner BJP's stand over the Bhullar issue in which the saffron party has welcomed the rejection of clemency plea of the militant, Dhindsa said it's an internal matter of the BJP.

"The SAD stand is very clear. It's an issue relating with the sentiments of public and party will make all-out efforts to save Bhullar from gallows. Playing with emotions of people can create law and order problem," the SAD leader said.