The Chandigarh administration informed the Punjab and Haryana high court on Friday that it had taken the decision that Shamsher Singh, one of the convicts sentenced to life in former Punjab chief minister Beant Singh's assassination case of 1995, is not entitled to a premature release.
However, in case of another convict Gurmeet Singh, the court was informed that since the report from the Patiala deputy magistrate was awaited, in his case some more time was required to take a final stand on his premature release case.
On this, the division bench headed by justice Rajive Bhalla directed the Chandigarh administration to put its decision about Shamsher Singh in writing before the court on the next date of hearing on April 9. However, in case of Gurmeet Singh, the court granted the administration to finalise its decision by May 9. Both the petitioners are at present lodged in Chandigarh's Burail jail.
Shamsher and Gurmeet had submitting that the government authorities should not discriminate against them since other life convicts were being released after 14 years in jail, which they had completed much before. Both the petitioners were also out on parole for 28 days in December last year.