1993 Delhi bomb blast: SRB may accept Davinder Pal Singh Bhullar’s request for remission next week | Delhi News

NEW DELHI: The Delhi government’s sentencing review board is due to meet next week to decide on the request for surrender of 1993 Delhi bombing convict Davinder Pal Singh Bhullar.
Bhullar’s plea for early release was taken up by the board in March this year but postponed after disagreement among members. Sources said the similar plea of ​​at least three other convicts was also likely to be taken at the meeting.
Bhullar was convicted of a 1993 Delhi bombing that killed nine people and injured 31 people. A TADA court sentenced Bhullar to death on August 25, 2001. However, his death sentence was later commuted to life imprisonment by the Supreme Court. . Bhullar is currently being held at Amritsar Central Jail after being transferred from Tihar Jail to Delhi for health reasons in June 2015.
According to sources, the Union Home Ministry had written to the Delhi Chief Secretary in September 2019 informing him of its decision to grant special surrender to eight Sikh prisoners facing life imprisonment, including Bhullar , on the occasion of the commemoration of the 550th anniversary of the birth of Guru. Nanak Dev and requested the state government to take the necessary steps for his release.
While Delhi Home Minister Satyendra Jain, who chairs the Sentence Review Committee, said at the meeting that the Center’s guidelines were binding on the Delhi government since the same were made under the Article 161 of the Constitution and that Bhullar should be released, some of the members were against his release arguing that he was a hardened criminal.
The council then decided to take a legal opinion on the matter and to defer the decision to the next meeting. Other board members include the chief prison officer, the home secretary, the state secretary for laws, a district judge, the chief government probation officer and a ranking officer Deputy Commissioner of Delhi Police.

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