A Delhi court has issued a proclamation against five alleged Sikh militants, who were jailed for hijacking an Air India plane to Pakistan in 1981. The court has asked the accused to appear before it on December 3. They were deported to India in 2000, after serving a life term in Pakistan.
Additional chief metropolitan magistrate Sameer Bajpai said the five accused — Tajender Pal Singh, Satnam Singh, Gajender Singh, Karan Singh Kini and Jasbir Singh Jima — have been absconding as non-bailable warrants (NBWs) issued against them have been unexecuted. Bajpai ordered that a proclamation for the absconding people be issued.
“NBWs against all accused persons remained unexecuted. After going through the report, I am satisfied that the accused persons have absconded,” the magistrate said.
Under section 82 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC), if the court is convinced that a person against whom a warrant has been issued by it has absconded or is concealing himself so that such warrant cannot be executed, it may publish a written proclamation requiring him to appear at a specific place and at a specified time. The NBWs against the five accused were issued by the court in pursuance of a sessions court order which had earlier asked their fresh trial here in the same hijacking case of 1981, but for different offenses arising out of it.