The Punjab government on Thursday sought time from the Punjab and Haryana high court to clear its stand on the petition filed by Gurmeet Singh, 41, a life convict in former Punjab chief minister Beant Singh's assassination case in 1995, seeking premature release.
Also, the Chandigarh administration as well as the Centre failed to file their replies in the case in which the notices were issued to them on January 22. The case came up for hearing before the division bench headed by justice Rajive Bhalla on Thursday and was posted for the next hearing to February 18.
The petitioner, presently in the Burail model jail, had moved the high court seeking his premature release, submitting that he had already completed 14 years' sentence and should be considered for release like other life convicts. As Gurmeet was earlier released on four weeks' parole and had also requested to extend his parole, but the high court had on the last date of hearing refused to entertain this prayer, after which he had surrendered on January 23 in the Burail jail.
Gurmeet Singh and other convicts, namely Lakhwinder Singh and Shamsher Singh, were released on parole last month after former terrorist Gurbaksh Singh Khalsa had sat on a fast.