The Lahore high court has referred a petition requesting the reopening of Indian freedom fighter Bhagat Singh's case to another judge hearing an identical petition.
The British Raj hanged Bhagat Singh on March 23, 1931, following his trial for involvement in the Lahore conspiracy case.
Justice Nasir Saeed Sheikh from the Lahore high court referred the petition to justice Shujat Ali Khan after he was informed that justice Khan was hearing a petition of same nature seeking review of Ghazi Ilm Din Shaheed, reports the Daily Times.
Imtiaz Rashid Qureshi of Saved Judiciary Committee filed the petition stating that Bhagat Singh was initially given life imprisonment but later he was awarded death sentence "in a fake case".
He said the governor Punjab at that time had constituted the tribunal through an ordinance, which was valid for four months and the tribunal started its proceedings six days prior to lapse of its tenure. He stated that the tribunal neither recorded statements of 450 witnesses neither did it listen to counter arguments from the defence side.
The petitioner argued that Bhagat Singh is respected in the subcontinent not only by Sikhs but also Muslims.
He requested to reopen the case of Singh and declare him as innocent.