SC orders listing of Balwant Singh Rajoana's plea : The Tribune India

Join Whatsapp Channel

SC orders listing of Balwant Singh Rajoana's plea

SC orders listing of Balwant Singh Rajoana's plea

Balwant Singh Rajoana. File



PTI

New Delhi, March 7

The Supreme Court on Monday directed its Registry to list before a Bench headed by Justice UU Lalit the plea of Balwant Singh Rajoana, convicted in the 1995 assassination case of former Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh, seeking commutation of his death penalty into life imprisonment.

A Bench headed by Chief Justice NV Ramana took note of the submissions of senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for Rajoana, that his plea has not come up for hearing for the last six-seven months and, he was in jail for the past 25 years.

Rohatgi sought urgent listing of Rajoana’s plea before an appropriate Bench, which was allowed.

“Upon being mentioned by Mukul Rohatgi, senior counsel appearing for the petitioner, we direct the Registry to list the matter before a Bench comprising Hon’ble Justice Uday Umesh Lalit,” said the Bench, also comprising Justice AS Bopanna and Hima Kohli.

Earlier, the top court had questioned the Centre over the delay in sending a proposal to the President for commuting the death sentence of Rajoana.

It had asked the government to apprise it as to when the authorities concerned would send the proposal to the President under Article 72 of the Constitution. The article deals with the power of the President to grant pardon, suspend, remit or commute sentences in certain cases.

Rajoana, a former Punjab Police constable, was convicted for his involvement in an explosion outside the Punjab Civil Secretariat that killed Beant Singh and 16 others on August 31, 1995. The top court has been hearing Rajoana’s plea seeking commutation of death sentence to life term on the ground that he has been in jail for 25 years. —

#balwant singh rajoana


Top News

ED challenges Arvind Kejriwal's bail, as Delhi CM to leave jail today

Arvind Kejriwal to remain in jail as Delhi High Court grants interim stay on trial court's bail order

The AAP national convenor, who was arrested on March 21 by t...

NEET-UG 2024: Supreme Court refuses to stay counselling process; issues notice to National Testing Agency, others

NEET row: Supreme Court refuses to defer counselling; 1,563 students to take exam again on Sunday

The Congress, meanwhile, stages protests across the country ...

NTA postpones CSIR-UGC-NET examination due to ‘unavoidable circumstances and logistical reasons’

NTA postpones CSIR-UGC-NET examination due to ‘unavoidable circumstances and logistical reasons’

The joint CSIR-UGC-NET exam is for the eligibility of candid...

India criticises Canadian parliament observing ‘one-minute silence’ in memory of Hardeep Nijjar

India criticises Canadian parliament observing ‘one-minute silence’ in memory of Hardeep Nijjar

In an unusual move, the Canadian parliament observed ‘one-mi...

Swiss court sentences 4 members of Hinduja family to up to 4.5 years for exploiting their servants

Swiss court sentences 4 members of Hinduja family to up to 4 and a half years for exploiting their servants

The four—Indian-born tycoon Prakash Hinduja and his wife, so...


Cities

View All