November 30, 2009 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Melbourne (November 30, 2009): According to a press release sent by Sikh Federation of Australia on 29th November, 2009 it is learnt that SFA has conducted a signature campaign to seek clemency for Prof. Devinderpal Singh Bhullar, a victims of death penalty. Bhullar is confined in Tihar Jail Delhi since last fourteen years and his petition before the President of India under Article 72 of the Constitution is under consideration for last seven years. ‘This petition is drafted by Advocate Navkiran Singh, General Secretary of Lawyers for Human Rights International.’ Informed by SFA president S. Jaspreet Singh.
The certain prima facie defects in the judgment confirming his death sentence itself form bases for seeking clemency for Prof. Bhullar are. ‘Mr. Justice M. B. Shah, heading the three judges bench in the Supreme Court of India has acquitted Devinder Pal Singh, while other two judges has confirmed the death sentence.’ says the petition while building up a logic that death sentence should not be granted in case of a split decision. It is notable that Bhullar was convicted on the bases of an alleged confessional statement that was given while he was in police custody and was not produced before magistrate for verification as was required under TADA. Moreover, Justice Shah had labeled it a ‘teller made confection’ and he altogether rejected it. 133 prosecution witnesses failed to corroborate with the alleged confession and even to identify Bhullar. There are other such logics too in the petition.
‘This signature campaign is being conducted world over and a petition for signatures is also available online at Gopetition.com. WE are getting good response from students and SFA shall conduct this campaign in other Guruduaras in Melbourne after Guruduara Shri Guru Singh Sabha Creighiburn and all signatures shall be sent to the office of President of India.’ Informed Harkirat Singh Ajnoha, Secretary of SFA.
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