Now that the elections are over and so is the COVID risk and the Farm Agitation, the problem is gaining centre stage as soon as once more

As regards the notification the next was seen:-

Nand Singh, Subeg Singh, Balbir Singh, Harjinder Singh weren’t talked about within the record of outstanding interns (talked about above) that the Sikh organisations are stated to have handed over to the federal government.
Balbir Singh, Waryam Singh and Harjinder Singh had been wrongly talked about as they had been already out by then.
Additionally, not within the record had been Lakhwinder Singh, Gurmeet Singh, Shamsher Singh, Jagtar Singh Hawara, Paramjit Singh Behora and Jagtar Singh Tara.
Whereas this course of was occurring the world began moving into the grip of the COVID pandemic in December, 2019. Whole lock-outs had been declared in India in March 2020. Within the midst of the COVID Pandemic , a large political wave within the type of the Farm Agitation began gaining momentum in mid-2020. Then got here the state meeting elections in February 2022 which occupied political time and house from mid-2021 onwards. On this time interval solely lip service was paid to the problem of launch of Bandi Singhs.
Now that the elections are over and so is the COVID risk and the Farm Agitation, the problem is gaining centre stage as soon as once more. This perspective reinforces the notion that almost all political events and spiritual organisations take a look at this matter extra from the political prism than the humanitarian matter that it truly is.
On being requested by the media concerning the standing of the Bandi Singhs on February, 11, 2022, Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat , Union Jal Shakti Minister and election in-charge for BJP in Punjab assured a “optimistic growth” from the Centre on Sikh ‘political prisoners’ who had been to be launched as per a 2019 Union authorities notification.
With the intention to guarantee ease of understanding the current state of affairs is summarised under:-
A complete of 15 Bandi Singhs shaped a part of numerous lists floated by the Authorities and petitioners in 2019. They’re Lakhwinder Singh, Gurmeet Singh, Shamsher Singh, Gurdeep Singh Khera, Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar, Lal Singh, Waryam Singh, Balwant Singh Rajaona, Jagtar Singh Hawara, Paramjit Singh Behora, Jagtar Singh alias Tara, Nand Singh, Subeg Singh, Balbir Singh and Harjinder Singh.
In due authorized course of and thru the notification of the Union Authorities the six (06) Bandi Singhs launched from 2019 thus far are Nand Singh, Subeg Singh, Balbir Singh, Harjinder Singh, Lal Singh,
The dying sentence of Balwant Singh Rajoana continues to be sub-judice with the Supreme Court docket.
The Union Authorities has dedicated to course of the case of two (02) Bandi Singhs Devinderpal Singh Bhullar and Gurdeep Singh Khera
The remaining six (06) whose future just isn’t recognized are, Lakhwinder Singh, Gurmeet Singh, Shamsher Singh, Jagtar Singh Hawara, Paramjit Singh Behora and Jagtar Singh Tara.
There’s another title, Hardeep Singh, that figured in an inventory supplied by Bapu Surat Singh Sangharsh Committee. On December 25, 2015, the Punjab authorities launched him from Amritsar jail.
In 2015, when the SAD misplaced energy to the Congress social gathering within the centre the SGPC got here up with its personal record of 120 Sikhs “languishing in numerous jails of the nation regardless of having accomplished their jail time period”. The then DGP Punjab Police, Sumedh Singh Saini, acknowledged that solely two individuals on that record had accomplished their minimal sentence and cited a Supreme Court docket ruling of July 9, 2014 that no convict may very well be launched prematurely by any state authorities.
Over and above the aforementioned, there’s one other record ready by Jaspal Singh Manjhpur, Advocate District Courts, Ludhiana, doing the rounds by which 24 Sikhs are talked about as political prisoners serving life sentences. Ten are among the many names talked about above. The remaining 14 are:-
Daya Singh Lahoria, launched on everlasting parole since 13 December 2021. He has one case of 1987 pending in Ludhiana and is a match case for everlasting launch.
Harnek Singh Bhapp launched on everlasting parole since 12 December 2021. With no case pending he’s a match case for everlasting launch.
Dayal Singh lodged in District Jail, Moradabad (Uttar Pradesh) for the final 9 years with enchantment pending in Supreme Court docket.
Sucha Singh lodged in District Jail, Moradabad (Uttar Pradesh) for the final 9 years with enchantment pending in Supreme Court docket.
Jagmohan Singh lodged in Central Jail, Jodhpur, Rajasthan for the final 9 years with enchantment pending in Rajasthan Excessive Court docket (Jodhpur Bench).
Kulvir Singh lodged in Central Jail, Ferozepur (Punjab) with no case pending
Ranjit Singh lodged in Central Jail, Faridkot (Punjab) for the final 5 years. He has one case pending towards him at Nabha beneath Part 52, that’s bail-able.
Surjit Singh lodged in Central Jail, Faridkot (Punjab) for the final 5 years. He has one case pending towards him at Nabha beneath Part 52, that’s bail-able.
Arwinder Singh lodged in Central Jail, Faridkot (Punjab) for the final 5 years. He has one case pending towards him at Nabha beneath Part 52, that’s bail-able.
Jaspreet Singh lodged in Central Jail, Ludhiana for the final 5 years. He has one case pending towards him beneath Part 302 (IPC) pending at Patiala.
Gurpreet Singh lodged in Central Jail, Faridkot (Punjab) for the final 5 years. He has one case pending towards him at Nabha beneath Part 52, that’s bail-able.
Gurpreet Singh @ Gopi lodged in Central Jail, Ferozepur (Punjab) for the final 5 years with one case pending.
Ashok Kumar lodged in Central Jail, Ferozepur (Punjab) for the final 5 years with one case pending.
Jaswant Singh lodged in Central Jail, Muktsar (Punjab) for final 5 years with one case pending.
On 15 November 2014 Jaspal Singh Manjhpur had made public an in depth record of 80 detained political prisoners that included one case of dying sentence, 17 circumstances of life sentences and 67 others who nonetheless had circumstances pending towards them. Within the interim, some have been freed and others are out on parole however the matter continues to stay unresolved in its entirety. His current record of roughly 25 often is the newest knowledge.
Other than Jaspal Singh Manjhpur there are various social employees and dedicated Sikhs who’re selflessly working for this trigger. Specific point out right here could be made to Gurbaksh Singh, who has served a jail time period himself on terror fees and Bapu Surat Singh Khalsa, Each haven’t solely approached authorities but in addition held a sequence of starvation strikes to press dwelling the criticality of the problem. Of their interactions they’ve specifically talked about Gurmeet Singh, Lakhwinder Singh and Shamsher Singh. All three had been despatched to jail for19 years and so they have accomplished 22 years in jail, All formalities for his or her launch have been accomplished so the federal government is dedicated to launch them. It turns into essential right here for the federal government at each the centre and the state stage to offer causes for the delay of their launch.
In December, 2021, within the prelude to the State meeting elections, Sikh Diaspora as soon as once more stepped up their efforts to press upon the New Delhi to repeal the dying sentence of Balwant Singh Rajoana and launch all Sikh prisoner’s, who’ve served greater than twenty years in jail. They principally spoke of Davinder Pal Singh Bhullar, Jagtar Singh Hawara, Jagtar Singh Tara, Balwant Singh Rajoana, Gurmeet Singh, Lakhwinder Singh, Shamsher Singh, Gurdeep Singh and Paramjit Singh.
Authorized specialists say that whereas the Supreme Court docket has stayed the remission (or half aid) by state governments within the case of convicts sentenced to life phrases, there are nonetheless two choices out there earlier than the Punjab authorities in case it desires to increase some aid to prisoners. These are pardon or suspension of punishment (by the use of parole or furlough).
That life imprisonment means until the dying of the prisoner is obvious, however totally different state governments have their very own norms for untimely launch of prisoners who’ve accomplished 14, 18 or 20 years’ sentences. The state can suggest suspension of punishment or straightaway pardon a convict by taking the case to the Governor. In case of prisoners of different states, the state can get the sentence revoked by the President of India through the Union House Ministry beneath provisions of Article 72 of the Structure.
Since a lot of the Bandi Singhs have been interned for almost three a long time their circumstances are now not sub-judice and but they’re in jail. Even their households have given up on them. Thus, the method of launch just isn’t being addressed adequately.
Sadly, successive governments have paid solely lip service to the unlucky plight of Bandi Singhs, Even the variety of Sikhs in numerous prisons just isn’t clearly recognized. The Union Authorities can be nicely inside its rights to take a humanitarian viewpoint, it might be greatest for the Union Authorities to take action unilaterally by amassing all knowledge centrally by way of its personal sources and taking advantage primarily based selections. ( Concluded)

 

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