The Punjab government has ordered premature release of Gurmit Singh Pinky, a police informer turned cop, who was sentenced to life imprisonment for a murder in 2006.
Pinky was convicted for killing Avtar Singh, the only son of Ludhiana resident Amrik Singh. Avtar Singh was shot just because he asked Pinky and his associates to give way.
Amrik Singh said he got to know recently that Pinky was released from jail in June. He said he would challenge the government action in the Punjab and Haryana High Court.
Since Pinky was an influential cop, his trial was first transferred from Punjab to Chandigarh and then to Haryana.
Dal Khalsa chief H S Dhami described Pinky’s release as a travesty of justice and said it showed that he remained a darling of police higher-ups despite his criminal background. He said his release had also unmasked Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal.
“The Punjab government has given Pinky remission in life imprisonment while many other life convicts are awaiting a similar favour for years,” Dhami said.
No official in the Home Department was ready to speak on the issue.
Sources in the Punjab government said the case for remission of sentence for Pinky on the basis of “good behaviour” and service in Nabha “agriculture jail” was moved by the jails department to the government after an application was received from him in May this year. The case was forwarded to Punjab governor Shivraj Patil following the nod from Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal. The final order for remission was passed by secretary jails Sanjay Kumar on June 24.
Sources added that Badal today called for the file after it was brought to his notice that Pinky’s remission had been vociferously objected to by the family of the boy he had murdered as well as the Dal Khalsa.
A division bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court headed by Justice S S Saron had on January 31, 2012, dismissed Pinky’s appeal challenging his life term. He was awarded life imprisonment by the district and sessions court of Jagadhri, Haryana, in October 2006.
During the years of terrorism in Punjab, the police had hired criminals secretly for use in the fight against militants. They were called ‘cats’, and Pinky was one such cat.