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Balwant Singh Rajoana shoots off letter to home minister Amit Shah

Death row convict Balwant Singh Rajoana has written a letter to Union Home Minister Amit Shah questioning the delay in deciding his mercy petition. Rajoana, who was convicted in the assassination case of former Chief Minister Beant Singh, has criticized the government for granting remission to other criminals and accused it of bias. His letter comes after Shah defended the Centre's stand on mercy petitions during the winter session of Parliament. Rajoana's execution was stayed in 2012 and his mercy petition has been pending for 12 years. The Sikh body, SGPC, has also requested more time to act on Rajoana's review petition.

Balwant Singh Rajoana
Updated on Jan 03, 2024 09:04 AM IST
ByKaram Prakash, Patiala

SAD leaders stopped from meeting Rajoana: SGPC chief slams ‘autocratic attitude’ of govt

In a statement issued here, Rajoana has been in jail for the past 27 years and is forced to go on a hunger strike due to the “stubborn attitude” of the government. “Instead of helping improve the situation, obstacles are being created before the Sikh community by the Bhagwant Mann-led government,” he said.

Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) president Harjinder Singh Dhami (HT file)
Updated on Dec 05, 2023 08:38 AM IST
By, Amritsar

SAD leaders Majithia, Valtoha not allowed to meet Rajoana in Patiala jail

Akali leaders claim permission from ADGP to meet death row convict, but jail superintendent says Majithia was informed over phone about approval being denied

Former Punjab minister and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader Bikramjit Singh Majithia leaves after he was barred from meeting Balwant Singh Rajoana, a convict in the 1995 assassination of former chief minister Beant Singh, at Central Jail in Patiala on Monday. (ANI)
Updated on Dec 05, 2023 08:28 AM IST
By, Patiala

Executive meeting: Won’t withdraw Rajoana mercy petition, says SGPC

Dhami said it has also been decided to intensify the struggle in the Rajoana case and a protest march will be taken out from Gurdwara Bangla Sahib to Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on December 20

Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) president Harjinder Singh Dhami (C) addresses a press conference in Amritsar on Sunday. (Sameer Sehgal/HT)
Updated on Dec 04, 2023 06:34 AM IST
By, Amritsar

SGPC executive meet: Take quick decision on Rajoana plea: SGPC to Centre

SGPC said it has decided to call a meeting of representatives of the ‘Panthic’ parties to discuss the issue of Balwant Singh Rajoana, a death row convict in former Punjab chief minister Beant Singh’s assassination case

Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee president Harjinder Singh Dhami (C) addressing a press conference in Amritsar on Thursday. (Sameer Sehgal/HT)
Updated on Dec 01, 2023 06:24 AM IST
By, Amritsar
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