January 29, 2010 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Chandigarh (January 29, 2010): Lawyers for human rights International in a statement has said that it was shocked by the treatment given to Barrister and Solicitor Parminder Singh Saini by the Canadian authorities and Indian authorities. “It is very sad to note the manner in which Barrister Saini was deported from Canada, even though since 1995, he had a clean record in Canada and had not indulged into any political/criminal activity.” says the statement issued by Advocate Navkiran Singh for LFHRI.
Statement further reads that Barrister Saini was involved in hijacking of a plane of Indian Airlines from Jammu to Lahore on 6th July 1984 and had undergone the sentence of life imprisonment in Pakistan and was released after ten years of incarceration in jail and so had been adequately punished for his alleged offence.
It is also noteworthy that the said hijacking was an outburst of anguish towards the then government, which had indulged into operation blue star in June 1984, in which several hundred of Sikhs including innocent pilgrims were killed by the Indian army in Darbar sahib Amritsar. It is also pertinent to mention that the history of plane hijackings started when for the first time after the independence of India, a plane was hijacked by two brothers from Allahabad in 70’s, as a mark of anguish for incarceration of the late prime minister of India Shmt. Indira Gandhi, who or regaining power had honored with Rajya Sabha membership to one of the brothers. So the reaction of the present Indian government in invoking the provisions of National Security Act against Barrister Parminder Singh, cannot be found to be justifiable from the moral angle, says the statement.
Advocate Navkiran singh informed SikhSiyasat Network that Barrister Parminder Singh Saini firstly, completed his graduation, while he was in Pakistan Jail and thereafter on his release in 1994, had entered Canada in 1995 and had obtained the degree of B.A.(Hons) from York University, Toronto Canada and thereafter did his law from University of Windsor, Ontario Canada and was a student of Masters of law , when abruptly he was deported from Toronto Canada to New Delhi India on 27 January 2010. There was no occasion or reason for the Canadian authorities to have deported him in view of his excellent educational career, which disclosed that he was an asset to the society and could not by any stretch of imagination could not be considered to be a security risk to Canada or India.
He added that the manner in which Barrister Saini has been treated by the Indian Government also raises important questions, as to whether the claims of the Indian Government that it wants people who had once sought alienation from the Indian nation, to join the mainstream are hollow claims or the Indian government is sincere in its claims.
“Our organization takes strong notice of the fact that Barrister Parminder Singh was not allowed access to his lawyer or his relatives for atleast 4 hours after his arrival at the Delhi airport and his relatives only could meet him in the morning, i.e. after 14 hours of his landing in Delhi.” says the Statement.
LFHRI has claimed that invoking of National Security Act in this case is a total abuse of powers by the Indian Government, as Barrister Parminder Singh Saini is no security risk to the India’s security. ‘Our organization would expect that he would be released immediately.’ said Navkiran Singh.
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