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1981 plane hijack case – Indian court declare five as proclaimed offenders

October 18, 2012 | By

New Dwlhi/India (October 18, 2012): According to media reports a Delhi court has issued a proclamation against five Sikhs in a 1981 plane hijack case asking them to appear before it on December 3. It is notable that five include two persons, Satnam Singh and Tejinderpal Singh, who returned to India in 2000 after serving a life term in Pakistan for hijacking an Air India plane to that country in 1981, while other three reportedly do not reside in India now.

According to information Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sameer Bajpai said the five accused, Tajender Pal Singh, Satnam Singh, Gajender Singh, Karan Singh Kini and Jasbir Singh Jima have been absconding as non-bailable warrants (NBWs) issued against them have been unexecuted and ordered that a proclamation for absconding persons be issued.

“Non-Bailable Warrants against all accused persons remained unexecuted. After going through the report, I am satisfied that the accused persons have absconded. Process under Section 82 of CrPC (proclamation for person absconding) be issued against accused Tajender Pal Singh, Satnam Singh, Gajender Singh, Karan Singh Kini and Jasbir Singh Jima through DCP, Crime Branch for December 3,” the magistrate is reported to have said.

It is notable that the Delhi Police has filed charges under sections 121 (waging war against Government of India), 121A (conspiring to commit certain offences against the state), 124A (sedition) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code against the five.

It is notable that Satnam Singh is a member of executive of a Sikh organization named Dal Khalsa while Tejinder Singh is reportedly residing at Jalandhar.

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