Jailbreak case: Hawara pleads innocence

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Aug 28, 2014 14:29 IST

Claiming false implication in the infamous Burail jailbreak case, Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) chief Jagtar Singh Hawara has said he is innocent.

This was stated by Hawara’s counsel on his behalf while recording statement before the court of chief judicial magistrate Anubhav Sharma on Wednesday.

“Citing ill health and doctor’s advice against travelling, Hawara failed to appear before the court for recording his statement,” said advocate AS Chahal, defence counsel for Hawara.

In the statement recorded by Chahal, Hawara said, “I have been involved in the political issues of Sikhs, but have not committed any crime.”

Denying prosecution’s allegations that he had escaped from the high security Burail jail along with BKI India chief Paramjit Singh Bheora and two other accomplices - Jagtar Singh Tara and Devi Singh -in January 2004 by digging a tunnel, Hawara claimed that a false case was registered against him.

The case would now come up for hearing on September 10.

Warrants against one

Taking strict note of non-appearance of Gurdeep Singh, one of the accused in the case, court issued arrest warrants.

“Accused Gurdeep Singh has not been appearing before the court since he got bail. His statement is to be recorded. Therefore, the court issued his warrants,” Chahal said.

The case

Hawara, Bheora, Tara and Devi Singh had allegedly escaped from Burail jail in January 2004 by digging a tunnel.

Hawara and Bheora were arrested from Delhi, while Tara and Singh are absconding. Hawara and Bheora, convicted in the former CM Beant Singh’s assassination case, are currently lodged in Tihar jail. Among other accused in the case are jail superintendent DS Rana, dismissed deputy jail superintendents DS Sandhu and Ved Mittar Gill, dismissed assistant jail superintendent PS Rana, two former jail wardens and two former CRPF constables on duty on the day of the incident.

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