New Delhi, March 2
The Sentence Review Board (SRB) headed by Delhi Home Minister Satyendar Jain on Wednesday postponed the decision on the early release of Davinder Pal Singh Bhullar, a convict for the Delhi bomb blast in 1993 who is currently being held in Amritsar prison.
The matter has been postponed until the next meeting of the SRB, a Delhi government official said.
The demand by Sikh groups for the release of Bhullar had gained ground ahead of the Punjab assembly elections.
The seven members of the council include the chief executive of Tihar prison, the secretaries of the interior and law departments and the director of the social welfare department of the Delhi government, a district judge and a senior officer of the Delhi police.
Bhullar was found guilty of murdering nine people and injuring 31 in a 1993 bombing in Delhi. Among those who survived the attack was former Youth Congress leader MS Bitta.
Bhullar was sentenced to death by a designated TADA court on August 25, 2001.
He was sentenced to life imprisonment after the Supreme Court commuted his death sentence.
He was transferred to Amritsar Central Jail from Delhi’s Tihar Jail for health reasons in June 2015.
Former Punjab Chief Minister and Patriarch Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) Parkash Singh Badal had recently called for Bhullar’s immediate release in the “wider interest of consolidating peace and communal harmony” in Punjab. He had accused Delhi’s ruling Aam Aadmi party of obstructing his release.
However, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had hit back saying, “This is a sensitive issue and the SAD is playing dirty politics on this. We strongly condemn it. »