Thursday 25 March 2010

Shaheed Bhagat Singh’s nephew killed by Punjab Police in 1980’s Sikh struggle


Shaheed Bhagat Singh’s nephew

killed by Punjab Police in 1980’s Sikh struggle
March 25th, 2010 Jaspal Singh
Chandigarh, Punjab: A nation that saw the younger sister of the man who brought them free- dom in death run between courts and offices and back for 21 years and still has justice elude her. Shaheed Bhagat Singh’s younger sister, Parkash Kaur, 95, has been fighting for justice to her kin Kuljeet Singh Dhatt, who was eliminated in Hoshiarpur district 21 years ago, allegedly by five Punjab Police personnel.
“My brother would have been shattered to see me run around courts in my sunset years. I may not live to see justice done,“ Parkash Kaur told HT over phone from Toronto, where she now lives with her son, Rupinder Singh.
She said the guilty cops were booked and even arrested on the directions of the Supreme Court. But, they moved Punjab and Haryana High Court and took the plea that the state was under the Punjab Disturbed Area Act, 1983, and only the Centre could grant sanction for their prosecution.
Justice Satish Kumar Mittal reserved his verdict in the case after hearing the arguments on February 3, 2003.
Harbhajan Singh, elder brother of the deceased Kuljeet, who is presently contesting the case on behalf of Parkash Kaur, revealed that Hoshiarpur was not even covered under the dis- turbed area Act which was appli- cable to border districts of Punjab. Justice Rajesh Bindal of the High Court dismissed a similar plea on February 13, in a separate case.
Harbhajan had moved a plea before former High Court Chief Justice Tirath Singh Thakur in 2008, for transfer of the case to some other court as in seven years, the case had not come up for hearing even after final arguments. The cops kept seek- ing adjournment after adjourn- ment, 25 in all, on one pretext or the other.
On August 26, 2009, the case came up for hearing before Justice Rajan Gupta and before Justice A.G. Masih on September 4, 2009, but they recused themselves. The case was then listed for Justice K.C.Puri on October 7, who issued notices to the accused. However, when the matter came up on December 10, 2009, the case file was not put up in court.
On March 3, 2010, Harbhajan learnt that the case was listed in the court of Justice Mittal, who too withdrew and said that the same be transferred.
“Now the case file is in the court of Chief Justice Mukul Mudgal,“ he said.
The Punjab Police person- nel indicted by the panel appointed by the Supreme Court for Kuljeet’s murder included late SSP Ajit Singh Sandhu, who committed sui- cide in May 1997, DSP Jaspal Singh, serving life term in Jaswant Singh Khalra murder case, Sardool Singh, Sita Ram and S.S. Basra. Ram is serving out a life sentence in another case.t’s a case that would put a nation to shame. A nation that saw the younger sister of the man who brought them free- dom in death run between courts and offices and back for 21 years and still has justice elude her.
Shaheed Bhagat Singh’s younger sister, Parkash Kaur, 95, has been fighting for justice to her kin Kuljeet Singh Dhatt, who was eliminated in Hoshiarpur district 21 years ago, allegedly by five Punjab Police personnel.
“My brother would have been shattered to see me run around courts in my sunset years. I may not live to see justice done,“ Parkash Kaur told HT over phone from Toronto, where she now lives with her son, Rupinder Singh.
She said the guilty cops were booked and even arrested on the directions of the Supreme Court. But, they moved Punjab and Haryana High Court and took the plea that the state was under the Punjab Disturbed Area Act, 1983, and only the Centre could grant sanction for their prosecution.
Justice Satish Kumar Mittal reserved his verdict in the case after hearing the arguments on February 3, 2003.
Harbhajan Singh, elder brother of the deceased Kuljeet, who is presently contesting the case on behalf of Parkash Kaur, revealed that Hoshiarpur was not even covered under the dis- turbed area Act which was appli- cable to border districts of Punjab. Justice Rajesh Bindal of the High Court dismissed a similar plea on February 13, in a separate case.
Harbhajan had moved a plea before former High Court Chief Justice Tirath Singh Thakur in 2008, for transfer of the case to some other court as in seven years, the case had not come up for hearing even after final arguments. The cops kept seek- ing adjournment after adjourn- ment, 25 in all, on one pretext or the other.
On August 26, 2009, the case came up for hearing before Justice Rajan Gupta and before Justice A.G. Masih on September 4, 2009, but they recused themselves. The case was then listed for Justice K.C.Puri on October 7, who issued notices to the accused. However, when the matter came up on December 10, 2009, the case file was not put up in court.
On March 3, 2010, Harbhajan learnt that the case was listed in the court of Justice Mittal, who too withdrew and said that the same be transferred.
“Now the case file is in the court of Chief Justice Mukul Mudgal,“ he said.
The Punjab Police person- nel indicted by the panel appointed by the Supreme Court for Kuljeet’s murder included late SSP Ajit Singh Sandhu, who committed sui- cide in May 1997, DSP Jaspal Singh, serving life term in Jaswant Singh Khalra murder case, Sardool Singh, Sita Ram and S.S. Basra. Ram is serving out a life sentence in another case.

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