A Portugal court has rejected Khalistani militant Paramjit Singh Pamma’s petition for criminal proceedings against three Punjab Police personnel who had gone there to extradite him to India. The orders passed by the court on May 16 were conveyed to the Punjab Police by officials of the Indian embassy in Portugal.
In a bid to stall his extradition, Pamma had filed a criminal petition with the Portuguese ministry of justice against deputy inspector general of police (DIG) Balkar Singh and (SPs) superintendents of police Ashish Kapur and Rajinder Singh Sohal, accusing them of torturing him and violating human rights.
In the complaint filed through his solicitors, Pamma had alleged that SP Ashish Kapoor had tortured him in police custody in 1998. Kapoor was the investigation officer in Rashitrya Sikh Sangat president Rulda Singh’s murder, for which a red-corner notice was issued against Pamma. Pamma also charged Sidhu and Sohal, other two cops sent to extradite him, with torturing Sikhs.
Dismissing the petition, the court observed that the “the suspects are outside the Portugese territory and have remained here only for the time required to assess the extradition request of the Republic of India”.
SAS Nagar SP Ashish Kapoor told HT he was not even posted in Rupnagar and SAS Nagar when Pamma claims he was tortured by him.
Pamma was detained by the Portugal police in January this year, following the red-corner notice issued against him. India, however, could not secure his extradition, as its plea was rejected by a Lisbon court. Pamma is presently living in the UK, where he has been granted asylum.