Sedition Charges Against Sikh Activists Dropped In 36 Years Old Hijacking Case

New Delhi: It is learnt that Additional Session Judge of Delhi’s Patiala House Mr Ajay Pandey has dropped sedition charges (u/s124-A IPC ) against Satnam Singh Paonta Sahib and Tejinderpal Singh in a 36 years old hijacking case.

Satnam Singh (3rd from Left) and Tejinderpal Singh (Right) with Kanwarpal Singh (2nd from left) and Advocate Manish (3rd from Left) outside the court complex in Delhi.

The court has framed charges under 121-A and 121 (waging war against the state) against both. The next date of hearing is 16 March 2018. Both the accused that are on bail were present in the court.

Notably, five activists associated with Dal Khalsa namely Gajinder Singh, Satnam Singh, Jasbir Singh, Karan Singh, Tejinderpal Singh on Sep 29, 1981 hijacked an Air India flight from New Delhi to Srinagar and forced it to land in Pakistan. After undergoing 14 year jail term in Pakistani prison both of them returned to Punjab. On their return, Satnam Singh and Tejinder were put on fresh trial with fresh charges u/s 121/121-A/124-A and 120-B of the IPC after 36 years.

Senior Advocate Manisha Bhandari represented the accused in the court. She have argued before the court that the petitioners have already spent 36 years of their life in litigation and have already served one life sentence in Pakistan. The instant is a classic example of double jeopardy their entire life will go facing trial after trial for one set of circumstance there should be an end to their agony.

Commenting on today’s development, the Dal Khalsa spokesperson Kanwar Pal Singh said both the accused has felt somewhat relieved- half of their stress was over. However, their counsel will move a petition in the Delhi High Court soon to challenge the charges under 121, 121-A IPC.

From the day first, we have been arguing that hijacking is a one – piece act, a fresh case under different offences including sedition amounts to violation of principle of double jeopardy and Vienna Convention.

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