Beant Singh assassination case: CBI fails to appoint special public prosecutor

Tara was among the seven persons held by the CBI for the assassination of former Punjab chief minister Beant Singh. He was arrested from Thailand on January 6, 2015.

Written by Swati Mahajan | Chandigarh | Updated: April 28, 2016 8:00:50 am

THE CBI has been unable to appoint a special public prosecutor in the Beant Singh assassination case, though Jagtar Singh Tara was arrested a year and a half ago.

This fact came to light during the hearing of the case on Wednesday.

Tara was among the seven persons held by the CBI for the assassination of former Punjab chief minister Beant Singh. He was arrested from Thailand on January 6, 2015.

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He along with Jagtar Singh Hawara, Paramjit Singh Bheora and another murder convict Devi Singh had tunnelled out of the Burail Jail in 2004.

They had dug a 100-foot-long tunnel with their bare hands from the barrack to flee from the jail.

Hawara and others have already been convicted in the assassination of the Punjab CM.

The matter has now been adjourned to May 25 as no one appeared on behalf of the prosecution.

When contacted, the CBI official spokesperson said, “There is no delay on the part of the CBI. The file of the case was formally handed over to the CBI in March after the orders of the Supreme Court and we are in the process of appointing a special public prosecutor.”

The CBI received the file pertaining to the Beant Singh assassination case formally in March and in the last two months, it has been unable to appoint a special public prosecutor.

Tara was a member of Babbar Khalsa International, a terror outfit, and was one of the masterminds who planned the assassination of Beant Singh by a human bomb outside Punjab Secretariat in Chandigarh on August 31, 1995.

When Beant Singh was assassinated, Tara, Hawara and Bheora were members of BKI. However, Tara later left the said group and started his own terror group Khalistan Tiger Force.

Dilawar Singh had carried out suicide bombing in the assassination.

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