Taking up the premature release petitions filed by Shamsher Singh and Gurmeet Singh, sentenced to life in former Punjab chief minister Beant Singh's assassination case of 1995, the Punjab and Haryana high court has granted six weeks to the Chandigarh administration to take decision as per the premature release policy.
The order came from the division bench headed by justice Rajive Bhalla on Tuesday when the Chandigarh administration submitted that it would take the decision shortly. Both the petitioners are at present lodged in Chandigarh's Burail jail.
During the resumed hearing of the case on Tuesday, the Punjab government again failed to clear its stand regarding the premature release of the convicts and when it tried to seek more time to file its reply, it annoyed the court.
The case has been posted for next hearing and filing of replies by the UT administration and the Punjab government on April 4.
The petitioners had submitted that the state government should not treat them with discrimination since other life convicts were being released after completion of their 14 years of life in jail, which they had completed much earlier.
Both the petitioners were also out on parole for 28 days in December last year.