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Badal justifies demand of clemency to Bhullar

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Jalandhar, April 19, 2013
First Published: 20:22 IST(19/4/2013) | Last Updated: 20:26 IST(19/4/2013)

Refuting allegations that he had adopted double standards on the Devinderpal Singh Bhullar issue, state chief minister Parkash Singh Badal said that the government's sole aim was to ensure that peace and communal harmony was maintained over the issue.

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“We have demanded clemency for Bhullar on two grounds, one on the technical ground that his death sentence is based on a fractured opinion of Supreme Court bench and to maintain peace and communal harmony in the state,” Badal, who was here to attend the function of Ram Navami celebrations, told Hindustan Times.

However, Badal was at a loss for words when queried on the affidavit his government submitted in the supreme court in 2009, terming Bhullar as a  'hardened and experienced criminal with well-organized international support and a 'terrorist'.

“I am not aware of any such affidavit. Now, our stand is very clear that we want to save Bhullar,” Badal said, alleging that the Congress had failed to take a clear stand on the issue.

On Bhullar's mother's charge that the police killed his husband in cold blood in December 1991, the CM said: “What can we say about such old cases?”

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