SGPC sets up panel to save Bhullar

May 30th, 2011 - 11:54 pm ICT by IANS  

Pratibha Patil Chandigarh, May 30 (IANS) The Shiromani Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), the mini-parliament of Sikhs, Monday set up a committee to file a review petition for saving the life of Khalistani terrorist Devender Pal Singh Bhullar facing the gallows.

SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar will head this committee.

“We have formed a high-power committee to look into the case of Bhullar. We would take the help of top lawyers of the Supreme Court of India and would file a review petition before the authorities concerned,” said Makkar late Monday.

Besides Makkar, other members of the committee are SGPC general secretary Sukhdev Singh Bhaur, executive members Rajinder Singh Mehta and Surjit Singh, and members R.S. Dhami and Jaswant Singh.

“We will soon leave for Delhi and are already in touch with top lawyers. SGPC would make sure that justice is done in this case,” Makkar added.

Bhullar, whose mercy petition was rejected by President Pratibha Patil recently, is a Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF) terrorist sentenced to death for a 1993 car bomb attack that killed 12 people and injured 29, including former Youth Congress chief M.S. Bitta.

Punjab’s ruling Shiromani Akali Dal government Sunday had sought the intervention of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to save the life of Bhullar.

Convicted in 2001, Bhullar’s mercy petition was pending with the president since January 2003.

Bhullar was the mastermind of a car bomb attack on Bitta in front of the 5, Raisina Road office of the Youth Congress Sep 11, 1993. The daring RDX blast in the heart of New Delhi had shocked the nation.

Bhullar was deported to India from Germany in 1995 and has been lodged in the high security ward in the Tihar Jail.

He was sentenced to death Aug 25, 2001 and the Supreme Court dismissed his special leave petition Dec 27, 2006.

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