HC defers convicts’ premature release petitions to Nov 11

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Aug 29, 2014 11:30 IST

The Punjab and Haryana high court on Thursday adjourned the petitions seeking premature release by Shamsher Singh and Gurmeet Singh, convicts sentenced to life in former Punjab chief minister Beant Singh’s assassination case of 1995, to November 11.

The petitions were adjourned by the division bench comprising justices SS Saron and Lisa Gill since a case seeking clarification on the powers of state governments and union territories granting premature release to life convicts is pending before the Supreme Court. Both the convicts are at present lodged in Chandigarh’s Burail model jail.

Shamsher and Gurmeet had approached the high court submitting that the government authorities should not treat them with discrimination since other life convicts were being released after completing 14 years in jail, which they had completed much before. Both the petitioners were out on parole for 28 days in December last year.

Assassination of Beant Singh and 17 others was carried out through human bomb Dilawar Singh on August 31, 1995, near the civil secretariat, Punjab, at Chandigarh.

The trial court had in July 2007 awarded death sentence to accused Jagtar Singh Hawara and Balwant Singh Rajoana, life imprisonment to Shamsher Singh, Gurmeet Singh and Lakhwinder Singh, and Nasib Singh was sent to 10 years’ imprisonment.

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