The Supreme Court has commuted the death sentence awarded to Devinderpal Singh Bhullar to life imprisonment on the grounds of inordinate delay in execution and his mental health. Bhullar had been awarded death in a 1993 terror case involving a car bomb explosion aimed at the then Youth Congress Chief, Maninderjit Singh Bitta. Fortunately he survived the attack with some sharpnels in his chest but nine others, including two of Bitta's securitymen, were killed while many more suffered injuries. The remote-controlled bomb used contained RDX as the explosive.
In January, 2014 the Supreme Court had issued notice to the government on Bhullar's curative plea on commuting his death sentence to life imprisonment. The plea was made on the grounds of inordinate delay in deciding his mercy plea and his mental health. Today's Supreme Court order has commuted his death sentence to life imprisonment due to inordinate delay in deciding his mercy petition and his schizophrenic state.