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LFHRI seeks stay from Supreme Court of India on hanging of Bhai Balwant Singh Rajoana; likely to be heard on Friday

March 27, 2012 | By

New Delhi, India (March 27, 2011): Lawyers for Human Rights International (LFHRI) today moved the Supreme Court of India seeking stay on the execution of death sentence of Bhai Balwant Singh Rajoana who was convicted for the assassination of former Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh.

The petition is likely to be listed for hearing on Friday, a media report adds.

Senior advocate Colin Gonsalves will appear for the NGO seeking stay of the execution of death sentence of Bhai Rajoana which is scheduled for March 31.

The NGO in its petition filed through advocate Tariq Adeeb has challenged the March 22 order of the Punjab and Haryana High Court which had dismissed a PIL against the order of the lower court convicting and sentencing to death Rajoana.

It contended that the decision in the case has not attained finality as the CBI has challenged in the apex court the commutation of death sentence to life imprisonment of co-accused Jagtar Singh Hawara.

“That it is submitted that the judgment vide which the death sentence has been confirmed is under appeal before the Supreme Court at the instance of the CBI.

“The special leave has been granted in an appeal against the conviction of Hawara. So the decision has not attained finality, therefore, the death sentence be not executed,” the petition said.

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