The household of slain Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh will problem within the Supreme Courtroom the Centre’s in precept choice to commute Balwant Singh Rajoana’s demise sentence, the chief’s grandson mentioned right here on Tuesday.
The Centre has sparked a row with its choice to commute the demise sentence awarded to the Babbar Khalsa terrorist for Beant’s assassination to life imprisonment.
Beant and 16 others had been killed in an explosion outdoors the Civil Secretariat in Chandigarh in August 1995.
“We will challenge the Centre’s decision in Supreme court,” Punjab MLA and Beant Singh’s grandson Gurkirat Singh Kotli advised PTI.
“We are taking legal opinion on what grounds it will be challenged. One of the main grounds for challenging the Centre’s decision will be that Rajoana himself had never apologised and had never moved any mercy petition for commuting his death sentence,” he mentioned.
Earlier, Congress MP Ravneet Singh Bittu, one other grandson of the assassinated chief, had criticised the Centre’s choice.
Mr. Kotli, who’s an All India Congress Committee (AICC) secretary and an MLA from Punjab’s Khanna, termed the Centre’s choice unlucky and politically motivated.
“The Modi government should make it clear whether it is with peace-loving people or with those who want to vitiate the atmosphere,” the MLA mentioned.
Mr. Kotli alleged that the Centre took the choice as Rajoana had appealed for votes for the Bharatiya Janata Celebration and its ally Shiromani Akali Dal over the past Lok Sabha elections.
He claimed that Rajoana’s sister Kamaldeep Kaur had posted this attraction on her Fb web page.
A particular court docket had in July 2007 awarded the demise sentence to Rajoana, together with one other terrorist Jagtar Singh Hawara, within the Beant Singh assassination case.
Rajoana was to be hanged on March 31, 2012, however the Centre stayed the execution after the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) submitted a mercy petition to the President.
The choice now to commute the sentence to life imprisonment comes weeks forward of the 550th beginning anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev.