Declare Bhagat Singh innocent,says petition in Pak court

Imtiaz Rasheed Qureshi of the Save The Judiciary Committee filed the petition in the Lahore High Court.

Written by Press Trust Of India | Lahore | Published: April 11, 2013 2:01 am

Eight decades after Bhagat Singh’s execution by the British,a petition has been filed in a Pakistani court seeking the reopening of the freedom fighter’s case so that he can be declared innocent.

Imtiaz Rasheed Qureshi of the Save The Judiciary Committee filed the petition in the Lahore High Court. Qureshi said Bhagat Singh,who was sentenced to death by the British government and hanged in Lahore in March 1931,was a freedom fighter of the subcontinent.

“Singh was first given life imprisonment but later awarded the death sentence. He was convicted in a fake case,” he said in his petition.

Singh was respected by Sikhs and Muslims alike and Pakistan’s founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah too had paid tribute to the freedom fighter in the erstwhile Central Legislative Assembly,Qureshi said. “I therefore request the court to reopen the case of Singh and declare him innocent,” Qureshi said in his petition.

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