On September 6, 2006, Paramjit Kaur Khalra, the widow of human rights activist Jaswant Singh Khalra, filed a legal petition calling for the investigation and prosecution of former police chief KPS Gill for the abduction, illegal detention, torture, and murder of her husband. Mrs. Khalra, represented by High Court attorney Rajvinder Bains, filed the petition in the Punjab and Haryana High Court after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) refused to investigate and prosecute Gill. Ensaaf drafted the international law arguments on the doctrine of superior responsibility. The petition demonstrates that the weight of Indian and international law, applied to the evidence, provides a clear framework to prosecute Gill’s acts and omissions in regards to the crimes committed against Khalra. Eleven years ago, on September 6, 1995, members of the Punjab police operating under Gill’s command abducted Khalra for investigating and exposing the “disappearances” and secret cremations of thousands of Sikhs in Punjab by security forces. Gill’s subordinates illegally detained and tortured Khalra for nearly two months, before murdering him in late October 1995.


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