ISLAMABAD: The High Court Bar Association of Indian Occupied Kashmir, said that the commutation of Devinderpal Singh Bhullar’s, death sentence to life imprisonment has exposed the double standards of Indian Judiciary.
The HCBA spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar said that the decision of the Indian Supreme Court’s had shown as to how different yardsticks were applied by the Indian government and its judicial apparatus in dealing with similar cases. Bhullar was found guilty of killing nine persons and injuring 15 others in a bomb blast in New Delhi in 1993,Kashmir Media Service reported.
The HCBA spokesman cited Afzal’s Guru’s example by saying that he was convicted and sentenced to death by a Sessions Court in 2002 whereas his death sentence was confirmed by Delhi High Court in 2003 and the Supreme Court of India in 2005, and his mercy petition remained pending with President of India for eight years which was decided only in February, 2013, and he was hanged till death on February 9, 2013.
“However, despite his death sentence been confirmed by High Court and the Supreme Court and his Mercy Petition having been dismissed by the President of India, in 2011, Devinderpal Singh Bhullar was given reprieve by the Supreme Court of India on a Curative Petition.
This amply shows that there is no rule of law in India and India is leaving no stone unturned in subjugating and suppressing the voice of people of Kashmir for claiming their right of self-determination,” he added.