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Updated: March 28, 2012 10:54 IST

Court wants Rajoana hanged on March 31

Sarabjit Pandher
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Patiala Jail superintendent L.S. Jakhar displays orders of a local court that confirmed the hanging of the convict in Beant Singh assasination case in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Photo: Akhilesh Kumar
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Patiala Jail superintendent L.S. Jakhar displays orders of a local court that confirmed the hanging of the convict in Beant Singh assasination case in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Photo: Akhilesh Kumar

Slaps contempt notice on jail official

Dismissing the plea for deferring the execution of Balwant Singh Rajoana, convicted in the Beant Singh assassination case, Additional District and Sessions Judge Shalini Nagpal has ordered that he be hanged, as scheduled, on March 31.

Patiala Jail Superintendent Lakhvinder Singh Jakhar, who was also served with notice for contempt of court, was directed to execute the death warrant.

Mr. Jakhar, who had returned the warrant, filed a petition for deferment of the execution on technical and legal grounds.

The court upheld the arguments of CBI counsel that the decision to hang Rajoana in the jail was well within the ambit of law.

The court initiated contempt proceedings against Mr. Jakhar for returning the warrant and expressing his inability to comply with it.

Mr. Jakhar said in a release that he would approach the higher court as he was “unable and disabled in law” to accept the death warrant.

Additional Advocate-General A.S Grewal, who appeared for Mr. Jakhar, told reporters that an appeal would be filed on Wednesday.

In August 2007, a special CBI court awarded the death sentence to Rajoana, who was a police constable and top operative of terror outfit Babbar Khalsa International; and Jagtar Singh Hawara. Shamsher Singh, Lakhwinder Singh and Gurmeet Singh were given life imprisonment.

Rajoana decided against going on appeal. Hawara's sentence was commuted to life term. Lakhwinder Singh's appeal is pending in the Supreme Court.

Beant Singh, MLA Baldev Singh and 16 others were killed, when suicide bomber Dilawar Singh detonated an explosive device as the former Chief Minister was sitting in his bullet-proof car in the portico of the Punjab and Haryana Civil Secretariat on August 31, 1995.

During the trial, Rajoana confessed that he was a standby bomber, in case something went wrong, or Dilawar Singh backed out.

Meanwhile, keeping in view the developments, the Punjab government has requisitioned paramilitary forces to assist the police in maintaining law and order.

While extra vigil was being mounted, the police and other security forces organised flag marches in many sensitive areas across the State and conducted search operations.

Every Convict who is awarded with capital punishment must be hanged. There should be no mercy for these persons. If RAJOANA is not punished today, then tomorrow voice will rise to spare AFZAL GURU and many more..

from:  S Kaushal
Posted on: May 1, 2012 at 18:52 IST

India acts like a democracy and a super power yet its laws fall far short of human
rights and that of a democratic nation. Mr. Balwant Singh has served 16 years in
prison. If it had been your sister or mother, who had been raped and your father or
brother who had been murdered under the pretence of wiping out terrorism in
Punjab by Chief Minister Beant Singh - you would also support Mr. Balwant Singh;
who saw first hand as Beant Singh's bodyguard the atrocities he was committing and
encouraged under his reign in Punjab.
This is not 28 years ago, where the Indian government can cover up the truth and
pretend nothing is wrong. Today young educated Sikhs born and raised outside of
India, millions of them, all over Europe; Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Germany, UK,
Holland, Switzerland, and the USA, Canada and Australia witness first hand what is
going on in India and will not sit quietly. All have contacted senior officials in
government in their relevant countries. In the media outside of India, high
level government officials all over the world have spoken against this hanging and
question India as a democratic nation, yet indian media has ignored all coverage.
Wake up India - you can no longer suppress the minority citizens of your country.
Look around the world what is happening, the Arab Spring is proof that no minority
will today stand for oppression, including the Sikhs.
The Sikhs are no longer the uneducated farmers of Punjab. Just go outside of India
and open your eyes to the millions of doctors, lawyers, IT professionals, Engineers all
working at the top of their fields - ALL stand united in this cause.  
I SALUTE the jail superintendent L.S Jakhar for standing his ground and doing what is
right, rather than supporting this huge miscarriage of justice. For those who do not
believe the Sikhs are oppressed in India, Wake Up! Leaders and officials in the
western world are condemning this, as well as masses of highly educated Sikhs
around the world, you need to question where your misleading beliefs have been
formed and what prejudices lead you to desert your fellow countrymen in their time
of need.

from:  R holland
Posted on: Mar 29, 2012 at 01:42 IST

Clemency Power of President is within the constitutional authority provided under Art 72 of Indian Constitution. The basic object under the provision which the constitutional framers rightly had in the mind was to protect the Innocents as well as to prevent any untoward incident to the public at large. We all believe in the supermacy of the constitution so we also owe due respect to the Art.72. If by one hanging several Innocents are subject to deprivation of their Lives in consequence of the likelihood-aftermath of the Execution of death sentence niether it would be acceptable to the general conscience of the people nor the Law. Even the criminal justice system favours acquitting 10 convicts than convicting one Innocent. And where a situation godforbid arises as the lives of innocents might be put to stake in view of the public rage, Rest is quite Ostensible. Lastly, I would like to qoute- "Justice should be done in the Interest of Justice and not against It".

from:  Zahid Mir
Posted on: Mar 28, 2012 at 20:38 IST

Can't the SO CALLED Additional District and Sessions Judge Shalini Nagpal see why all people in India are supporting him? What would have been her reaction if she would herself has seen the situation in which Balwant Singh Raojana took the step? I doubt that she could have reacted after seeing her current judgement.One person can be wrong but not the complete India. She should not do that.I want to know why Balwant Singh should be hanged and why not people like corrupt politicians in a country where it takes 11 years and may be more than that just to get the voice heard for cases like that in Jessica's case if they give me the reason that still in our country the so called term LAW exists.

from:  Gurmeet
Posted on: Mar 28, 2012 at 13:40 IST

In India capital punishment is deferred not on moral grounds but on
petty political considerations. An indecision at the government level to
strike, will only embolden the terror elements to strike a decisive blow
on our pusillanimous system bereft of moral courage to save an honest
citizen on the street.

from:  Suresh Naig
Posted on: Mar 28, 2012 at 11:03 IST

Let us not make martyrs out of convicted criminals. Those who raise their voices against judicial pronouncements should be prosecuted for contempt of court.

from:  R.Vijaykumar
Posted on: Mar 28, 2012 at 06:19 IST

Statement of Mr. PS Badal is politically based; otherwise how could he as CM of
Punjab go against the High court of the state? Democracy is good but it has to be controlled by all the branches, not only executive, Judiciary, Legislative. Let every Indian vote on this matter after the verdict of the Judges of the High court.
True that some people are biased in India but not every citizen or voter against the Sikhs , Muslims or Christians. Once the court decides then the culprit has to be dealt with rather than the threats of disturbing peace.

from:  jodh arora
Posted on: Mar 28, 2012 at 04:31 IST

How can you hang a man after keeping him locked up for 17 years, where is the justice in that. Where is the justice for 50000 odd Punjabi youths disappeared without any trace during the 80s uprising. where is the justice for 1984 massacre of Sikhs in the aftermath of Indra Gandhi's assassination. The people who orchestrated and carried out the massacre in 1984 are still walking around scot free, where is the justice in that. What hypocrisy!!!

from:  Charanjit
Posted on: Mar 27, 2012 at 19:37 IST
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