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There is no suitable environment to decide the mercy of Rajoana: Government | India News


NEW DELHI: The Center told the Supreme Court on Friday that the Khalistani terrorist groups’ past ties to Balwant Singh Rajoana, sentenced to death in 2007 for his role in the assassination of then-Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh in 1995, made the circumstances prevail in the country. not conducive to a decision on the clemency pleadings filed on your behalf.
Hinting at controversy over alleged comments in certain quarters about Canada-based Khalistan supporters providing financial aid and inciting protesting farmers to camp at Delhi’s border points, Attorney General Tushar Mehta said: “Let’s not forget that He was sentenced to death for the murder of an Acting Chief Minister of Punjab on the Khalistan issue. The President has initiated the consideration process and a decision will be made on clemency petitions submitted by others on behalf of Rajoana. But the current circumstances are not conducive to a decision on pleas for clemency. ”
A bench of the Chief Justice SA Bobde and judges AS Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian had closed on January 8 the Union government to decide the pleas for clemency before January 26, saying: “It is a good day to take the decision”. On January 25, the court had told the SG that the Center was being given one last chance of two weeks to make a decision.
The bank understood the government’s situation, especially after the violence from a section of protesting farmers who had been camping for months on the Delhi borders with swift and forceful accusations that pro-Khalistan-based groups Canada were funding and instigating the protesters.
CJI Bobde asked Mehta if he could indicate a time frame within which the president would make a decision on pleas for clemency. The attorney general said: “The government cannot give a term for the president. But in the given circumstances, please postpone the hearing for six weeks. ”
Rajoana’s lawyer, Mukul Rohatgi, protested loudly and said that his client had been in jail for almost 25 years and had lived under the shadow of the death penalty for 14 years, which in itself was punishment enough. so that Rajoana could be released from jail. But the bank gave the Center six more weeks to decide the pleas for clemency.
In 2012, fourteen petitions were presented to the president asking for mercy for Rajoana. The petitioners included then-Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal, the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee, and the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee. Four, including the Youth Federation Rajiv Gandhi and Bhagat Singh Kranti Sena, had petitioned the president to oppose the granting of mercy to Rajoana.
Rajoana had not appealed against the decision of Punjab and Haryana HC that upheld his conviction and sentence in 2010. However, he moved to the SC requesting commutation of his death sentence to life imprisonment saying that he had been in prison for the past 25 years and He had lived in the shadow of death since 2007, when the trial court found him guilty and convicted.

Times of India