Bhagat Singh Memorial Foundation Pakistan chairman Imtiaz Rashid Qureshi has expressed the hope that they would be able to prove the innocence of Shaheed Bhagat Singh in the Saunders murder case in the Lahore high court.
While talking to mediapersons at the residence of former MLA Rana KP in Rupnagar on Tuesday, Qureshi said the foundation had filed a petition in the Lahore high court for reopening the Saunders murder case, to prove Bhagat Singh’s innocence, in May 2013.
He said the single judge had heard the petition and following their averments, the petition was sent to the chief justice for the constitution of a larger bench. Thereafter, a division bench was constituted in February this year.
However, during the first hearing, the foundation objected saying the division bench could not hear the case as the three-judge tribunal of the high court had conducted the Saunders murder case and now the case should be heard by the five-judge bench. Now, the petition is pending before the chief justice for constitution of a larger bench, he said.
Qureshi said the FIR regarding the Saunders murder case was lodged at Lahore against unidentified persons and had the names of Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev. He said it was a sham trial against Bhagat Singh and more than 450 witnesses were not given an opportunity to depose in the case, and only 25 witnesses had deposed against Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev.