In a statement here, Badal urged Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal not to let “community bias or political or electoral expediency dictate his decision and his refusal to grant immediate clearance for Bhullar’s release.” .
“Bhullar should be released without even waiting as he has already served his full prison term,” Badal said.
“Punjab has suffered enough because of these petty communal and polarizing political conspiracies of Congress leaders in the past. Arvind Kejriwal must resist the temptation to follow the same path for the same petty reasons,” said Patriarch Shiromani Akali Dal .
Bhullar was sentenced to the death penalty by a TADA-appointed court in August 2001, but his death sentence was commuted to a life sentence by the Supreme Court in 2014.
In September 2019, the Center had recommended a special handover to eight Sikh prisoners, including Bhullar, to mark the 500th anniversary of the birth of Guru Nanak Dev.
Some Sikh bodies have alleged that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in Delhi did not give permission for Bhullar’s release.
A few days ago, the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak committee also accused the Delhi government of obstructing Bhullar’s release.
Badal drew Kejriwal’s attention to the serious health complications Bhullar is facing and said “even basic humanitarian concern, aside from legal considerations, should compel you to act quickly and positively in this case.”
The Akali Pillar said Bhullar’s release will “enhance that sense of peace and brotherhood among communities in Punjab as it will help alleviate the lingering sense of injustice against Bhullar.”
“I really don’t know why the Chief Minister of Delhi won’t allow justice to be done for Bhullar even after he has already suffered long years of laceration and served more time in jail than his full sentence.” , did he declare.
“There is no legal, judicial or moral basis to keep the long lacerated Bhullar behind bars now. Why did Kejriwal not grant the necessary permission for this,” he said.
“I urge and request Kejriwal sahib to grant the required permission immediately and see no reason why he would disregard my request and advice in this regard,” Badal said.
Earlier today, in a recorded video message from a hospital in Ludhiana, Badal thanked Punjabis for their well wishes after testing positive for COVID-19.
“I hope to be with my people in the next few days,” he said.