Jagtar Singh Hawara, a convict in the Beant Singh murder case, has approached the Punjab and Haryana high court seeking clubbing of all pending cases against him in one state.
Hawara, who is lodged in a Delhi jail, has submitted that besides shifting all cases to one state, he should also be shifted to that state so that he might be tried and the cases decided expeditiously.
Listing out 25-odd cases registered in the late nineties and the first decade of 2000, Hawara submitted that he should be provided with a list of all criminal cases as he was not aware as to how many cases were pending against him. “Most of the cases remain pending without meaningful proceedings, the non-trial is because the petitioner could not be regularly produced in courts concerned,” he has submitted seeking the high court’s intervention. The high court has sought the response of Chandigarh, Punjab and Haryana by July 4.
Hawara is one of the convicts in the Beant Singh assassination case of August 31, 1995 outside the civil secretariat in Chandigarh. A trial court had in July 2007 awarded death sentence to accused Hawara and Balwant Singh Rajoana. Shamsher Singh and Gurmeet Singh were awarded life sentence and Lakhwinder Singh and Nasib Singh were awarded 10 years’ imprisonment.