New Delhi : The Supreme Court on Friday stayed the execution of the death sentence of 1993 Delhi bomb blast convict Devender Pal Singh Bhullar and issued notice to the Centre on his petition seeking commuting of his death sentence to life imprisonment.

The plea for commuting the death sentence to life imprisonment is on the grounds of inordinate delay by the president in deciding his mercy plea and the state of his mental health.

The SC bench of Chief Justice P Sathasivam, Justice Lodha, Justice Dattu and Justice Mukhopadhaya, while staying the execution of Bhullar’s death sentence, also issued notice to the Delhi government. The court asked Delhi-based Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences to examine Bhullar and submit a report on his state of mental health within a week.

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