Rejecting the plea seeking deferment of the hanging of Balwant Singh Rajoana,convicted of the assassination of former Punjab chief minister Beant Singh,a Chandigarh court on Tuesday returned its orders to the Patiala Jail Superintendent for executing the death sentence on March 31.
Jail Superintendent Lakhwinder Singh Jakhar,however,again refused to accept the order,saying he was unable and disabled in law to execute it and was approaching a superior court in this regard.
Around 4 pm,in a crowded courtroom,the death warrants of Rajoana,along with relevant documents and a copy of the judgment were ordered to be returned to Jakhar.
The Court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Shalini S Nagpal also issued a contempt notice to Jakhar for not adhering to the orders issued earlier.
Earlier,Jakhar gave an application to the court on Tuesday which read: As such it is not possible to receive the warrant for execution of the death sentence in view of law laid down by the honourable Supreme Court of India in the case of Harbans Singh versus the state of Uttar Pradesh.
The court will now be sending the death warrant by registered post.
Speaking to media later,A S Grewal,Assistant Advocate General (Punjab) and Jakhars counsel said,We will be exploring the legal remedies and approach the higher court.
In its order,the court said: The Superintendent of Central Jail,Patiala,has not once,but on two occasions refused to execute the warrants of sentence of death by way of written communication dated March 19 and March 24… As such let show cause notice be issued to the Superintendent… to appear in person in court on April 16 to explain why proceedings under the Contempt of Court Act should not be initiated against him.
NGO moves SC
Lawyers for Human Rights International,an NGO,on Tuesday moved the Supreme Court seeking stay on the execution of death sentence of Balwant Singh Rajoana. The petition contended that Rajoana was not properly represented during the trial and he had not filed an appeal in the Punjab and Haryana High Court against his conviction and capital punishment awarded by the trial court. Advocate Colin Gonsalves will appear for the NGO. The petition filed through advocate Tariq Adeeb.