Demanding clemency for Balwant Singh Rajoana, who is on the death row for assassination of former chief minister Beant Singh, the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) has yet again sent a petition to the President and formed a panel to pursue it.
Addressing a press conference here on Tuesday, SGPC chief Kirpal Singh Badungar, who also heads the seven-member panel, said, “In 2012 also, the SGPC had demanded clemency for Rajoana and written to the President. But no decision has been taken yet. So we have decided to send a fresh petition and the paner will meet the President, if need be.”
Badungar, who recently met the jailed terrorist in Patiala, said, “Rajoana has never talked about mercy or demanded clemency, but the SGPC feels the need for it.”
In his letter to the President, Badungar said, “This appeal echoes the sentiments of the entire Sikh community which is desirous of taking up this cause as Rajoana has preferred not to file any mercy petition on his own and, on the contrary, has sought expeditious execution.”
He said Rajoana’s death sentence, if executed, might result in a grave miscarriage of justice. “The need to approach you (President) has arisen due to the mental distress suffered by Rajoana with regard to the decision upon his fate,” he further wrote.
ON SYL ISSUE
On the Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal issue, Badungar said the SGPC is ready for any ‘sangharsh’ (struggle). “Water is the need of every Punjabi and it is our duty to stand by the people of Punjab,” he added.