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Devinderpal Singh Bhullar PunAmritsar, April 1, 2014–

The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) has welcomed the decision of the Supreme Court commuting the death sentence of Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF) militant Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar to life imprisonment.

In a release issued here on Monday, SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar said the decision had come as a relief to the Sikh community and restored its faith in the judicial system.

Makkar said the SGPC had all along maintained that a person could not be sentenced to death just on the basis of his own confession, which is generally given under police pressure. None of the witnesses examined in the case had made any categorical assertion of Bhullar's involvement in the bomb explosion at the All India Youth Congress headquarters in Delhi that killed several people, he said, pointing out to the "battle waged" by the SGPC and the petitions filed for getting the death sentenced commuted.

Radical group, the Dal Khalsa, in its reaction said the apex court had taken the right decision.

Spokesman Kanwarpal Singh felt justice would be served only when Bhullar was set free.

*HT Media Ltd.

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