Former Punjab chief minister Beant Singh’s family could approach the Supreme Court against commutation of his killer’s death sentence, his grandson said in a statement on Tuesday.
Punjab MLA and the slain leader’s grandson Gurkirat Kotli said on Tuesday: “We are taking a legal opinion on that. Most probably, we will challenge the centre’s decision on the ground that Rajoana himself had never moved any mercy petition for the commutation of his death sentence”.
The central government recently commuted the death sentence Rajouna, a Babbar Khalsa militant who was accused of assassinating Beant Singh on August 31,1995, in a recent decision taken as as an “act of grace” ahead of the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak. Rajouna’s sentence was commuted to life term.
The death sentence of the other convict in the case, Jagtar Singh Hawara, was reduced to life imprisonment by the Punjab and Haryana High Court in October 2010. The same court upheld Rajoana’s death sentence, who during his trial neither defended himself nor filed a mercy plea with the President.
Rajoana claimed he and his colleague, constable Dilawar Singh, had a pact to “lay down their lives”. Dilawar Singh was the ‘human bomb’, who blew himself up, killing Beant Singh as the latter stepped out of his office in the Punjab and Haryana Civil Secretariat, Chandigarh. Rajoana would have blown himself up had Dilwara failed in his attempt.