Union home minister Rajnath Singh on Monday cleared release of former Sikh militant Waryam Singh, lodged in Bareilly jail in Uttar Pradesh.
Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal had been urging both Centre and the UP government for his release. Badal had written to his counterparts in Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Karnataka, Rajasthan and Gujarat seeking premature release of 13 persons convicted in various cases, including assassination of former chief minister Beant Singh on compassionate grounds.
The release of Waryam Singh, 70, was cleared after the UP government gave a go-ahead in this regard, home ministry sources said. “The minister cleared the file of Waryam Singh on Monday. He has already spent 20 years in jail and his conduct in jail was found satisfactory”, said a home ministry source.
Since he was a convict under the now-repealed TADA, which was a central government act, he can only be released after both the state government and the Centre concur with the decision to set him free.