Balwant Singh Rajoana, a convict in the former Punjab chief minister Beant Singh’s assassination case, who had requested a court to fix the date for his execution, will be hanged in Patiala central jail at 9am on March 31.
This would be the first execution of a convict in the state in 24 years.
Chandigarh additional sessions judge Shalini Nagpal issued orders for the implementation of the death warrants against the Babbar Khalsa terrorist on March 10.
The order for carrying out the death sentence was issued on the request of Rajoana, who did not challenge his conviction.
As a trial relating to recovery of RDX is pending against Rajoana, Patiala jail authorities wrote to DGP jails, seeking clarification on whether a death warrant can be carried out when a case is under judicial process against a convict.Rajoana is presently lodged in Patiala central jail.
Interestingly, Punjab has no hangman currently, and jail officials have raised this issue with higher authorities.