CHANDIGARH: SAD Chief Sukhbir Singh Badal on Wednesday accused Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal of again blocking the release of Davinder Pal Singh Bhullar who was convicted of the Delhi bombing in 1993, alleging that the AAP leader had “finally laid bare his true anti-Sikh and anti-Punjab fangs”.
Badal struck in Kejriwal after the Sentence Review Board (SRB) headed by Delhi Home Minister Satyendar Jain on Wednesday postponed the decision on the early release of Bhullar 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.
Bhullar was found guilty of murdering nine people and injuring 31 in the blast.
Among those who survived the attack is former Youth Congress leader MS Bitta.
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.
He was transferred to Amritsar Central Jail from Delhi’s Tihar Jail for health reasons in June 2015.
In a statement, Chairman of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) alleged that “Kejriwal’s hypocrisy and wickedness are on display and his cronies in Punjab, Bhagwant Mann and Harpal Cheema, now have much to respond to Punjabis in general and to Sikhs in particular on their anti-Sikh and anti-Punjab party role”.
Postponing Bhullar’s release decision, Badal said, “This is the first shock of reality for those who were foolish enough to trust Kejriwal’s promises on Bhullar during the polls and didn’t believe us when we “We have pointed out his communal anti-Sikh. This man is full of venom for Sikhs. I fear there will be more shocks soon for AAP supporters.”
Badal said the SAD’s factual allegations against the AAP and its national organizer were fully justified.
“Kejriwal repeatedly lied to Sikhs and deceived them with fake wicked smiles throughout the election campaign, saying he had ordered the review committee to meet and reconsider his earlier decision to block the release of Bhullar,” he said.
As soon as the polls were over, the national AAP official was “quick to reveal his true feline colors,” the SAD leader said, adding, “The cat is really out of the bag.”
Chief Akali claimed that Kejriwal initially denied that Bhullar’s case was within the purview of his government, saying it was up to the Indian government to decide.
“It was only after we exposed him by publishing copies of his own government’s orders on the matter that he smiled shyly and admitted that it was indeed his government that had blocked the publication. He however, promised to have the decision overturned by a committee headed by his interior minister,” Badal said.