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India: SC issued notice to CBI on Bhai Hawara’s petition against conviction & sentence; CBI want death for him

July 19, 2013 | By

New Delhi, India (July 19, 2013): As per media reports the Supreme Court of India sought response from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on a petition moved by Bhai Jagtar Singh Hawara challenging his conviction and life imprisonment in the Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh assassination case. Punjab CM Beant Singh was killed in a bomb blast on 31 August, 1995.

Beant Singh’s regime was considered responsible for unleashing region of terror on the civilian Sikh population of Punjab besides Sikh militants, their families and sympathizers.

As per information a bench comprising justices B. S. Chauhan and S. A. Bobde issued notice to the CBI on the appeal filed by Hawara against the October, 12, 2010 judgement of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

It must be remembered that the CBI has also appealed to the High Court seeking death penalty for Bhai Jagtar Singh Hawara. It is notable that the Punjab and Haryana High Court had commuted the death penalty of Bhai Jagtar Singh Hawara and sentenced him to life imprisonment “till death”, holding that it was a borderline case for capital punishment.

However, the CBI on December 5, 2011 had moved the apex court seeking death penalty for him saying the case falls under the assumed category of ‘rarest of rare’ cases, where the death penalty is considered justified by the Indian judiciary.

The Punjab and Haryana high court had upheld the death sentence given by the trial court to Bhai Balwant Singh Rajoana while confirming the life sentence of three others–Shamsher Singh, Gurmeet Singh and Lakhwinder Singh.

Bhai Dilawar Singh had served as human bomb to end the tyrant rule of Beant Singh regime. The Akal Takhat Sahib, Supreme authority of the Sikhs has bestowed upon the title of “National Martyr” on Bhai Dilawar Singh; while the title of “Living martyr” was bestowed upon Bhai Balwant Singh Rajoana. Bhai Jagtar Singh Hawara was addressed at Sri Akal Takhat Sahib as a “qaumi jodha” – ‘national warrior’.

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