The Supreme Court on Tuesday stayed the Centre’s decision to remit the life imprisonment sentence of Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar, who was convicted in the 1993 bomb blast case. It also directed that status quo be maintained. Senior advocate Nidhesh Gupta told the bench that the decision to release Bhullar out on bail was illegal and unconstitutional. He contended that the apex court had commuted Bhullar’s death sentence to life imprisonment, which meant he had to be behind bars for the rest of his life, and the government could not reduce the sentence. Bhullar was awarded death sentence by a TADA court in 2001 and the SC had upheld the verdict. His review petition also got dismissed by the SC and the President rejected his mercy plea.