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Man jailed for Air India flight 182 bombing allowed to go home by Canada authorities

Inderjit Singh Reyat, the only person convicted in the case related to the bombing of Air India flight 182, is being released from a halfway house and allowed to return to his family home by the Parole Board of Canada.

world Updated: Feb 15, 2017 23:48 IST
Anirudh Bhattacharyya
Inderjit Singh Reyat, a Sikh immigrant, served two-thirds of a nine-year jail sentence for perjury in connection with the bombing of Air India flight 182 that killed 329 people in 1985.
Inderjit Singh Reyat, a Sikh immigrant, served two-thirds of a nine-year jail sentence for perjury in connection with the bombing of Air India flight 182 that killed 329 people in 1985.(Associated Press)

The only person convicted in the case related to the bombing of Air India flight 182 in 1985 has been released from a halfway house and allowed to return to his family home by the Parole Board of Canada.

Inderjit Singh Reyat, sentenced to prison in 2011 on perjury charges, was released from incarceration last year but had to remain in the halfway house, according to special conditions imposed by the Parole Board. At that time, Reyat had been deemed eligible for release after completing two-thirds of his term.

Now, on the basis of Correctional Service Canada, Reyat will return to his home in a suburb of Vancouver in the province of British Columbia.

While making that decision, the Vancouver Sun quoted Parole Board member Laura Hall as writing that the possibility he would reoffend was low. She wrote in the decision: “However if there were a threat to your Sikh cause, your risk for future based group violence is high. There is no information that indicates your political cause is under threat.”

The June 23, 1985 terrorist bombing of Air India’s Kanishka flight had claimed 329 lives. However, the prosecution could not substantiate a case against two of the principal accused, Ripudaman Singh Malik and Ajaib Singh Bagri. The only person jailed was Reyat.