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Sikh Organization for Prisoner Welfare (SOPW) announces legal team in Punjab

February 1, 2014 | By

Chandigarh/ London (February 01, 2014): According to information shared by Sikh Organization for Prisoner Welfare (SOPW), the UK based prisoners’ welfare organization held press conference at the Press Club in Chandigarh last week. SOPW representative Bhai R. P. Singh announced legal team of the organization comprising of Advocate Amar Singh Chahal and Advocate Rajvinder Singh Bains.

Sharing more information about the legal team, the SPOW wrote on it’s Facebook fans page:

Advocate Amar Singh Chahal

Advocate Amar Singh Chahal

[“We would like to provide you with some background information on our learned legal team. Amar Singh Chahal is a well renowned Senior Advocate for Punjab and Chandigarh. Today his hard work and dedication to the profession and expertise of criminal law have brought him laurels in legal circles. He has an in-built quality of leadership and sincerity to the Sikh cause, which grants him due recognition in the Sikh community. During the period of state tyranny in Punjab, he witnessed many cases of Police brutality and was so moved at the colossal loss of human lives, that he decided to form an organization of like-minded persons to provide free legal aid to the victims of state violence and also involved many lawyers in the noble cause of serving humanity. There are many cases of the acquittal of innocent people in terrorism related offences, to his credit. Alongside his impeccable career, he is also very charity minded; providing free medical treatment to the poor, providing rehabilitation to the kith and kin of those killed during the period of turbulence in Punjab and free legal aid to numerous litigants in the field of human rights”].

Advocate Rajwinder Singh Bains

Advocate Rajwinder Singh Bains

[“Rajvinder Singh Bains is an esteemed human rights activist and lawyer who has practised in Punjab since 1985 and before that, worked as a technical officer in the Indian navy. He hails from a highly educated family and is the son of former High Court Justice Ajit Singh Bains, who founded the Punjab Human Rights Organisation (PHRO). Rajvinder Singh Bains is a forerunner in the fight for human rights and is a member of the Committee for Coordination on the Disappearances in Punjab (CCDP) and the People’s Commission on Human Rights Violations in Punjab. His level of commitment to the cause, led an Amnesty International Urgent Action report in 1998 to deem that he, along with several other human rights lawyers and activists, were at risk of possible detention and torture. Rajvinder Singh Bains has presented several cases before the Punjab Human Rights Commission (PHRC), including that of Paramjit Kaur Khalra, the wife of murdered human rights activist Jaswant Singh Khalra, in the trial of the police officers accused of Khalra’s disappearance and murder”], SOPW post reads further.

SOPW further noted that “the NIA (National Investigative Agency of India) has once again begun its investigation into SOPW”.

“This is just one of the many struggles we face in our line of work and it makes this official launch all the more significant. Many times, the Indian Authorities have used the media to falsely report on the activities of SOPW highlighting just how biased and corrupt the system is” noted SOPW while adding that their team operates under the constant threat of Indian agencies.

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