January 10, 2017 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
New Delhi: The Supreme Court of India (SCI) today acquitted a 1987 TADA case related to Ludhiana Bank robbery acquitting all 10 elderly Sikhs who were convicted and 1o years term by a trial court in 2012.
Notably on November 20, 2012, a TADA Court in Ludhiana has sentenced 10 Sikhs to 10 years imprisonment, in the Ludhiana Bank robbery case dating back to 12 February, 1987. The designated TADA court had sentenced to these 12 Sikhs to 10 years imprisonment each. Of these 12 persons, Bhai Daljeet Singh and Bhai Gursharan Singh Gamma had undergone their sentence, while remaining 10 Sikhs were sent to prisons.
These 10 Sikhs were convicted under TADA after reading provisions of TADA with section 120B of the Indian penal code.
Advocate Jaspal Singh Manjhpur, who maintians the list of Sikh Political Prisoners, told Sikh Siyasat News (SSN) over phone that the court of Pinaki Ghosh, J. and Nariman, J. heard the appeal today where Senior Advocate Vikram Chaudhary, KTS Tulsi (Sr. Advo.), Sangram Singh Saron (Advo), Manish (Advo) and R K Kapoor (Advo) appeared as defense lawyers.
The court observed that the 10 appealents were not involved in the bank robbery therefore TADA was not applicable to them. The court also observed that the appealents were not part of conspiracy to conduct the said act therefore they could not be convicted section 120B of IPC.
On the point of cash recovered from the appealents the court observed that the CBI has failed to prove that such cash was actually looted from from the concerned bank in Ludhiana.
Advo. Jaspal Singh Manjhpur said that Bapu Assa Singh was on bail for last two years while others 9 elderly Sikhs were still languishing in prisons. He said that the release of these 9 Sikhs is expected expected in coming days.
These 10 Sikhs include Bapu Assa Singh, aged over 96 years, (in Bail), S. Maan Singh, aged 70, of Dholewal (Ludhaina), Avtar Singh, aged 78; Mohan Singh, 74, of Pattar Kalan (Jalandhar); Harbhajan Singh, 86, of Sharihn; Saroop Singh, 68, of Bisrampur (Jalandhar); Balwinder Singh, 64, of Village Tahli (Jalandhar) and Sewa Singh, 75, of Chak Raju Singh (Hoshiarpur); Gurjant Singh, aged 74 and Harinder Singh, aged 57.