Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal has welcomed the Supreme Court judgment commuting the death sentence of Devinderpal Singh Bhullar to life term.
Sukhbir said Bhullar deserved to be released soon. "Bhullar has been languishing in jail for more than two decades and is not in a sound mental state. He must be released at the earliest," he said at Garhshankar near here on Monday.
Suspecting the Centre's intentions behind its softened stand against Bhullar in the apex court, in which it had said that it had no objection if his sentence was commuted, Sukhbir said the timing said it all. "Whatever the Congress does, has a political motive behind it," he said while talking to mediapersons on the sidelines of an election rally.
He accused the Congress of politicising the Operation Bluestar issue.
He said it was wrong to draw a parallel between Sikhs' killings in 1984 and the Gujarat riots.
"Gujarat witnessed riots between two ethnic groups whereas what happened in Delhi in 1984 was a massacre of thousands of Sikhs," he argued.