February 13, 2012 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
New Delhi/Chandigarh (February 13, 2012): As per news reports from Delhi, Kishori Lal (48), a multiple-murder convict lodged in Tihar Jail since 1996, will soon be a free man. He was convicted for multiple counts of murders in a case related to 1984 Genocidal violence against Sikhs in Delhi.
Kishori Lal, a former butcher who stayed in east Delhi’s Trilokpuri, had been accused of killing victims in the neighborhood. He had been sentenced to death seven times by the lower courts. The Supreme Court, later, commuted them to life terms. Kishori Lal was among 25 people, convicted by city courts for offences connected to the 1984 genocidal violence against the Sikhs.
It is notable that India deny the fact of Sikh Genocide 1984 and propagate that it was an incident of mere “riot” or “communal violence” against Sikhs as a result of assassination of Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on 31 October, 1984. On the other hand there is plenty of evidence showing that violence against Sikhs was neither spontaneous expression of grief and anger, as claimed by the authorities, nor was of mere riotous in nature; rather it was planned and executed by high ups in the Indian State administration and the ruling congress party with both active participation and connivance of majority community of India and other participants of Indian political system.
To a large extent persons responsible for brutally murdering and burning Sikh alive, have enjoyed impunity, and there were just few exceptional counts of convictions, such as that of Kishori Lal.
As per news reports dated February 12, 2012, acting on the recommendations of the state Sentence Review Board (SRB), Lieutenant-Governor of Delhi (L-G) Tejinder Khanna recently commuted the sentence of Kishori Lal and 14 other life convicts to give them a chance to “reform and rehabilitate themselves”.
The jail authorities had recommended Lal to the SRB because of his “excellent conduct as an inmate and the fact that at 48 years of age, he stands a chance to rehabilitate himself,” said the source.
Kishori Lal and the 14 others need to furnish a surety and personal bond, each, worth Rs 10,000 to be released. The surety and personal bonds are to be submitted to the state revenue department, reports “HT”.
Life convicts, who have served a minimum of seven years in the jail, are eligible to get their sentences commuted by the SRB.
“This must be one of the highest instances of convicts’ sentences getting commuted on the SRB’s recommendations.” the prison’s spokesperson Sunil Gupta is quoted to have said.
“The SRB includes the chief minister, who is the chairperson of the board, a nominee of the city police chief, a nominee of judicial authorities, chief probation officer and director general of prisons,” he is said to have added.
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Related Topics: 1984 Sikh Genocide, Kishori Lal, November 1984