Plea to prove Bhagat's innocence: Pak-based body wants speedy hearing

  • Harpreet Kaur, Hindustan Times, Hoshiarpur
  • Updated: Sep 09, 2015 11:35 IST

The Lahore-based Bhagat Singh Memorial Foundation, which has filed a petition in the Lahore high court seeking re-opening of the execution case of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev, will move a civil miscellaneous writ in the court for the constitution of a larger bench for speedy hearing.

In July last year, a single bench had ordered the constitution of a larger bench given the intricacies involved in the case, but it is yet to become a reality. Imtiaz Rashid Qureshi, chairman of the foundation and the man behind the endeavour to get the martyrs declared innocent in a court of law, has arrived in India to muster support for the cause.

Qureshi, who also heads the Save Judiciary Committee in Pakistan, says millions of his countrymen revered Bhagat Singh as a hero and believed that his execution was a judicial murder. "Even Pakistan's founder Mohhamed Ali Jinnah had eulogised Bhagat Singh in his speech at the Central Legislative Assembly in Delhi," he said.

"Since the miscarriage of justice took place in Lahore eight decades ago, we the people and judiciary of Pakistan owe a fair trial to the legend so that honour is restored to him, though posthumously," he said.


Qureshi met the extended family of the martyr at Hoshiarpur to gather more information on him. He said he would meet Delhi high court and Supreme Court lawyers in Delhi and request them to voluntarily plead the case once the trial is started in the Lahore high court.


"Our petition is pending since April 2013. We had to struggle to get a copy of the first information report lodged against Bhagat Singh on December 17, 1928, at the Anarkali police station in Lahore. Now, when we have ample evidence to prove his innocence, the court is not resuming the hearing. In July last year, the Lahore high court suggested constitution of a larger bench as the matter was of historic value, but the authorities concerned have not moved so far. We are planning to file a writ for early resumption of the case," said Qureshi.


He said the Bhagat Singh Memorial Foundation had also filed another petition demanding renaming of Shadman Chowk, where the legend was hanged in 1931, as Bhagat Singh Chowk but the petition was also lying pending in the court. "The nomenclature of the Sardar Bahadur Bhagat Singh Khalsa High School in Lahore has also been changed. It is nothing but distortion of history. Hardliners oppose our move to get Bhagat Singh his due. We face threats from Hafiz Saeed-led Jamaat-ud-Dawa and even the ISI. We are called traitors but we will continue our fight and establish Singh's innocence in British police officer Saunders murder case," he added.

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