Jagtar Singh Hawara has filed a petition in the High Court for anticipatory bail in the sedition case. The state government is repeatedly seeking time for answers

The Punjab government has come under fire for repeatedly seeking time to respond to a plea by former Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh’s killer Jagtar Singh Hawara seeking anticipatory bail in a case registered under sedition and other sections in Sohana. The High Court has imposed a fine of five thousand rupees on the Punjab government for repeatedly asking for time. This amount will have to be deposited in PGI Poor Patient Fund.

Former Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh was assassinated in 1995 in a bomb blast. Jagtar Singh Hawara was sentenced to life imprisonment in this case. Hawara is currently serving his sentence in Delhi’s Tihar Jail. After this, an FIR was registered against Jagtar Singh Hawara in Sohana police station of Mohali on 13 June 1998 under sedition and other sections.

Hawara has told that he was not aware of this FIR registered in Sohana. He got this information in Tihar Jail, after which by filing an application in Mohali district court in 2019, he had sought information about the status of this case, this application is still pending. The other six accused in this FIR have been acquitted.

The demand was rejected in the district court
No recovery is to be made from the petitioner in this case. Hawara had earlier sought anticipatory bail in the case from the district court of Mohali. His demand was rejected by the district court in March 2021. After the petition was rejected by the district court, the petitioner had to take refuge in the High Court. The High Court had sought the response of the Punjab Government in this matter.

This time too, the Punjab government sought time to respond. The High Court said that first two times the government sought time and now an SI has been sent from Mohali just to state that the answer is not ready. This attitude cannot be accepted. Therefore, the High Court has ordered the government to take such matters seriously and imposed a fine.

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