PAU students’ body pleads with Delhi CM to pardon Kuki,allow him to submit thesis

Coming to the aid of Ranjit Singh Kuki,who is serving a life term in the double murder case of Congress leader Lalit Maken and his wife...

Written by Express News Service | Ludhiana | Published:March 29, 2009 3:36 am

Kuki is serving life term in the double murder case of Congress leader Lalit Maken and his wife

Coming to the aid of Ranjit Singh Kuki,who is serving a life term in the double murder case of Congress leader Lalit Maken and his wife,the student association of Punjab Agricultural University (PAUSA) submitted an application to Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dixit to pardon Kuki saying that he is needed to be physically present to submit his research thesis at PAU.

A delegation of PAUSA,led by president Gurpreet Singh Brar,today gave a written application to the Delhi CM,who was in the city to attend the annual convocation of the Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women.

With the petitioned titled ‘An act of forgiveness can end the reciprocal cycle of violence’,PAUSA members urged Dixit to pardon Kuki who has been behind bars for the last 17 years claiming “he was a reformed person now.”

PAUSA members said that he (Kuki) is currently pursuing his Masters in Agricultural Sciences (Plant Breeding and Genetics) where he needs to be present physically to submit his research thesis.

Besides PAUSA,the representatives of the Punjab Roadways Karamchari Dal and the Sukhmani Sahi Sewa Society,Sadik (Faridkot) have also signed the petition.

Meanwhile,Rajkaran Singh Grewal,a student of Class 8 at Guru Nanak Public School who also took lessons from Kuki,gave an application to Delhi CM Dixit,seeking his release.

While talking to mediapersons,Dixit said,“We have recommended further parole to be granted to Kuki but as the code of conduct is in force due to the elections,no meeting of the review committee can be held till the elections are over.”

It may be mentioned here that earlier this week,the officials of Tihar Jail had also approached PAU to know whether Kuki,who is serving a life sentence,is required to be physically present in the university to complete his MSc thesis.

Kuki was pursuing his MSc at PAU when he fled away in 1985 after he was accused in the double murder case of Congress leader Lalit Maken and his wife Geetanjli Maken,daughter of former president Shanker Dyal Sharma. He was arrested a year later in the United States.

In 1998,Kuki was deported to India along with his friend Sukhwinder Singh Sukhi and awarded life imprisonment. Kuki was later granted bail in 2004. He,however,surrendered on March 17 this year when the Delhi High Court dismissed a petition to reconsider his life sentence.

Video of the day

For all the latest Cities News, download Indian Express App

    Live Cricket Scores & Results