Illegal Detention & Custodial Death

June 24, 2005 | Comments Off on Illegal Detention & Custodial Death

On June 13, a warrant officer of the Punjab and Haryana High Court rescued a relative of Shamsher Singh, an accused in the assassination of Chief Minister Beant Singh, from illegal police custody: According to sources, Mr Bhagwant Singh, the elder brother of Shamsher Singh, who had been charged with criminal conspiracy in the Beant […]

Sikh political leaders jailed for sedition; Allegations of Torture

June 24, 2005 | Comments Off on Sikh political leaders jailed for sedition; Allegations of Torture

Simranjit Singh Mann, leader of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Mann) and former Member of Parliament, was arrested on June 14 for making speeches in favor of an independent Sikh state.  He was charged with sedition.  In the following days, the police arrested other members of his party.Although Mann was placed in jucidial custody, the police […]

Lawsuit Against Hindu Groups for Gujarat Pogroms

June 24, 2005 | Comments Off on Lawsuit Against Hindu Groups for Gujarat Pogroms

Twenty-one survivors of the 2002 Gujarat pogroms have filed a damages lawsuit against nationalist Hindu organizations, such as the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP),  Vishwa Hindu Parishad (World Hindu Council) and Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (National Volunteers Corps).  The BJP is currently in power in Gujarat, and was the ruling party in India before the elections last […]

An Assistant Sub-Inspector has been suspended on charges of torturing a farmer and keeping him in illegal confinement. ASI Harpreet Singh of Bargari police post was suspended on May 23 by the Faridkot Senior Superintendent of Police for torturing and illegally confining Gurmit Singh, a farmer from Dhilwan Khan village. The ASI and other police […]

The Delhi High Court has ordered the Centre to pay Rs 1.23 lakh in compensation to each person who was injured during the 1984 anti-Sikh pogroms. “It is the bounden duty and responsibility of the state to secure and safeguard the life and liberty of an individual from mob violence,” Justice Gita Mittal said in her landmark […]

Justice Ranjit Singh Narula passes away

June 7, 2005 | Comments Off on Justice Ranjit Singh Narula passes away

On June 1, Justice Ranjit Singh Narula, former Supreme Court of India judge and former Punjab and Haryana High Court Chief Justice, passed away. Justice Narula was on the Citizen’s Justice Committee when the government appointed the Mishra Commission to investigate the 1984 pogroms. The Committee was composed of, among others, Justice Narula, Soli Sorabjee, […]

Delhi Court Sentences 5 to Life Imprisonment for 1984 Murder

June 7, 2005 | Comments Off on Delhi Court Sentences 5 to Life Imprisonment for 1984 Murder

Over twenty years after the November 1984 pogroms, a Delhi Court sentenced five men to life imprisonment for the murder of Baba Singh: Additional Sessions Judge N K Kaushik, found Rajinder, Pyarelal, Dharam Pal, Rajbir and Barumal guilty under Section 302 of IPC (murder) for killing one Baba Singh by setting him ablaze after pouring […]

Inquiry finds no evidence of Godhra terrorist conspriacy

June 5, 2005 | Comments Off on Inquiry finds no evidence of Godhra terrorist conspriacy

The committee headed by Justice SC Jain has completed its inquiry into the Godhra train fire, and has reported that it found no evidence of a “terrorist” conspiracy. These findings contradict the BJP government of Narendra Modi, which has always maintained that the Godhra train fire was a planned terrorist conspiracy.  The three-member committee, which […]