Amritsar: In a politically significant move, 1993 Delhi bomb blast accused Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar on Friday was shifted to Central Jail, Amritsar from Tihar Jail, Delhi following Lieutenant Governor (L-G) Najeeb Jung’s approval.
The Supreme Court had converted Bhullar’s death sentence into life imprisonment last year. Former Congress leader Manjinderjeet Singh Bitta had met Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal last week to oppose Bhullar’s shifting from high security Tihar Jail in Delhi to Amritsar’s Central Jail. Bitta reportedly apprised Kejriwal about fears regarding Bhullar escaping from Amritsar Jail.
Bhullar was accused of a deadly attack on the then Indian Youth Congress chief Maninderjit Singh Bitta in 1993 at outfit’s premises in Raisina Road, New Delhi, in which nine persons were killed while Bitta had a miraculous escape.
Bhullar was sentenced to death in 2001 but in March 2014, the Supreme Court commuted his death penalty to life imprisonment owing to delay in taking decision on his mercy petition and his mental health.
Bhullar’s Canada-based wife Navneet Kaur had requested Tihar jail authorities to transfer Bhullar to Amritar jail.
Following the request, the Delhi government had written to Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal that it had no objection on transferring Bhullar to Amritsar. The Punjab government had then constituted a committee to decide on the matter.