July 14, 2017 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
New Delhi: In order to give an impression of being a patron of the justice for the Sikhs the Delhi High Court here on Thursday cancelled the bail granted on medical grounds to an 89-year-old convict serving life term in a 1984 Sikh genocide case and asked him to surrender on 17 July.
It was reported by the media that the bench of acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Anu Malhotra issued the direction after the CBI made isolated opposition to the extension of the suspension of the sentence of retired naval officer Captain Bhagmal.
In its status report the investigative agency reportedly said that Captain Bhagmal Singh’s medical reports showed that he does not suffer from any chronic disease and the ailments were common at his age.
“The convict does not deserve any leniency and his application for the extension of the suspension of the sentence may kindly be summarily dismissed with costs in the interest of justice,” the report further said.
On the basis of the above said report the bench stated that it did not find any ground to extend the convict’s bail.
It directed Bhagmal to surrender on 17 July.
The convict was already on interim bail since 24 March on medical grounds.
At that time Captain Bhagmal Singh’s counsel has stated that he was suffering from enlarged prostate for which he had to undergo surgery which would require him to remain hospitalised.
The bench had earlier directed him to give the address where he would be available and the mobile number on which he could be contacted by the CBI during the interim suspension of his sentence, reads a quote from a report earlier published in an English vernacular.
Further, he was also requested by the bench not to get in touch with any witness or the legal heirs of the deceased.
Captain Bhagmal Singh along with Congress councillor Balwan Khokhar, Girdhari Lal and two others were held guilty in a case relating to the murder of five members of a family in Raj Nagar area of Delhi Cantonment on 1 November 1984, on the pretext of assassination of prime minister Indira Gandhi.
The trial court had earlier acquitted Congress leader Sajjan Kumar, but awarded life term to Bhagmal, Khokhar and Girdhari Lal and a three-year jail term to two others — former MLA Mahender Yadav and Kishan Khokhar.
The accused, who were acquitted of the charges, were asked why should the court should not order reinvestigation and retrial against them as they faced allegations of “horrifying crimes against humanity”, notes the Firstpost in its report.