The Punjab government's decision of June 17 to prematurely release Gurmeet Singh alias Pinki, a life convict in a murder case, from the open jail, Nabha, before the completion of 10 years' actual sentence has been challenged before the Punjab and Haryana high court.
Amrik Singh, a resident of Ludhiana and father of Avtar Singh, who was murdered by then inspector Pinki in 2001, has sought directions from the high court to the Punjab government authorities to take Pinki into custody and confine him in jail for the remaining period of his sentence. The petition would come up for hearing on Wednesday before the court headed by justice K Kannan.
The petitioner has also sought directions to the state government to make the payment of compensation amount of Rs 1 lakh to him, as awarded by the Yamunanagar trial court vide the conviction order dated September 30, 2006, which has not been paid to him till date. The petitioner has submitted that Pinki was released by the state government authorities in violation of its own earlier premature release policy of July 8, 1991.
Pinki, who had been close to several terrorists in Punjab, had in the early 1990s become Punjab police's 'cat' (commando) and helped the police fight terrorism. He later rose to the post of inspector because of his nearness to some high-ranking police officers. Pinki had murdered Avtar in Ludhiana in 2001 after an altercation.
The trial court had convicted Pinki for murder and sentenced him to undergo rigorous imprisonment for life. A fine of Rs 1 lakh was also imposed on him, which was to be paid to Amrik Singh.