Bombay HC asks state to look into Khalistan terrorist’s release

Mumbai: On Monday the Bombay High Court directed the state government to go through a judgment passed by the Supreme Court regarding the release of prisoners convicted with life-term imprisonment.

This direction comes in response to a writ petition filed by a 46-year-old Khalistan terrorist, Nishan Singh Jaimal Singh Sohel, who sought release from prison since he has not only completed his 30-years sentence but has also served an additional eight months.

A division bench of Justice Vijaya Tahilramani and Justice Mridula Bhatkar, were hearing Singh’s petition, who was arrested in 1992 with connection with a murder and robbery case in Nashik.

During the investigation, it transpired that Singh was involved in the Khalistan movement and provided monetary help to the terrorists.

Subsequently, in 1997 a special Terrorism and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act (TADA) court in Nashik awarded lifetime imprisonment to Singh for his links to Khalistan.

NeelkanthGavankar, the counsel who represents Singh said, “Singh has been behind bars since his arrest and has never been out of jail even on parole or furlough.”

“At present, he has completed 24 years of his actual sentence but on ‘good conduct’ he has earned a another six years and eight months remission,” Gawankar added.

Speaking about the government’s decision in the case, Gawankar said, “Initially, the state government held that he (Singh) should remain behind the bars until he turns 60-years-old. But the decision of the government was violating the Guidelines of 1992 on Premature Release, which has no provision of retaining a prisoner in jail until he turns 60-years old.”

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