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Supreme Court holds execution of terrorist Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar; seeks medical report

The Supreme Court has stopped the execution of terrorist Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar and sought a medical report on his mental health.Mr Bhullar’s family had said that he should not be hanged because he is mentally unwell.

In April last year, the Supreme Court had refused to commute his death sentence to life in prison on the grounds of mental illness and a delay by the President of India in deciding his clemency appeal.Last week, in a landmark verdict, the court commuted the death sentences of 15 prisomers and ruled that “inordinate and inexplicable” delays in carrying out an execution were grounds for reducing the penalty.The court clarified that delays needed to be “inordinate” and “inexplicable”, but it also said that mental illness such as schizophrenia and the use of solitary confinement could make a convict eligible for a reduced sentence.

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