Current Affairs – April, 2014

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Death penalty of Devinderpal Singh Bhullar commuted to life imprisonment by the Supreme Court

On grounds of delay in deciding mercy plea and medical condition, the Supreme Court of India commuted the death penalty of 1993 Delhi bomb blast case convict Devinderpal Singh Bhullar  to life imprisonment. The Chief Justice P Sathasivam bench granted life to Bhullar on the grounds of inordinate delay in deciding his mercy petition and his suffering from Schizophrenia.

Some key points from the Judgement made by the Honourable Supreme Court:-

[icon name=”icon-hand-right”]Death penalty can be commuted to life on the ground of inordinate delay on part of President to decide their mercy pleas. 

[icon name=”icon-hand-right”]Death sentence of a condemned prisoner cannot be executed if (s)he is suffering from mental illness and schizophrenia.

[icon name=”icon-hand-right”]There has to be a minimum 14-day gap between the information given to condemned prisoner about rejection of mercy plea and the actual execution date. This will give the condemned prisoner an opportunity to either challenge the rejection, eat the food he likes, meet family, relatives and friends.

[icon name=”icon-hand-right”]All condemned prisoners are entitled to free legal aid to draft mercy petitions and challenge its rejection.

[icon name=”icon-hand-right”]Every person on death row, whether convicted for multiple murder or terrorism cases, will have a right to approach SC to challenge the rejection of their mercy petitions on grounds of inordinate delay in deciding the mercy plea. 

[icon name=”icon-info-sign”]Therefore, now inordinate delay clause would be applicable to terrorism cases also.

[icon name=”icon-user”]Devinderpal Singh Bhullar

  • Born: May 26, 1965 in Punjab.
  • Profession: Professor of Engineering.
  • Convicted of killing 9 bystanders in a 1993 car bombing intended to kill politician Maninderjeet Singh Bitta.
  • His petition for mercy was rejected by the President of India after eight years (an unnecessary delay).
  • In January, 2014, the apex court had stopped Bhullar’s execution and had sought a medical report on his mental health.
  •  Bhullar’s family had pleaded that the 49-year-old is mentally unfit and thus should not be hanged.

[icon name=”icon-plus-sign”]Schizophrenia- A mental disorder where common symptoms include delusions, such as paranoia, hearing voices or noises that are not there, disorganized thinking, lack of emotion, etc.

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Novak Djokovic clinched 2014 Miami Masters title by defeating Rafel Nadal in the finals

Novak Djokovic clinched his 4th Miami Masters title by defeating World No:1 Rafael Nadal by 6-3, 6-3 in the men’s singles final.

Other winners of 2014 Miami Masters title

  • Womens’ Singles: Serena Williams (USA) won by defeating Li Na (China).
  • Men’s doubles: United States players Bob Bryan & Mike Bryan won by defeating Colombian players Juan Sebastián Cabal & Robert Farah.
  • Women’s doubles: Martina Hingis & Sabine Lisicki won by defeating Ekaterina Makarova & Elena Vesnina.

Miami Masters

Miami Masters is a yearly Tennis tournament for men and women held in Miami, Florida. It is an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event for the men’s tour and a Premier Mandatory event for the women’s tour, played on hard court.

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