Mohali Police File Status Report on Sedition Case Against 23-Year-Old Jagtar Hawara
Mohali police on Thursday filed the situation report in a 23-year-old sedition case against Jagtar Singh Hawara, who was convicted of the assassination of former Punjab chief minister Beant Singh. The situation report also mentioned the name of a suspicious woman.
Police told the court they had gathered more evidence against Kulbir Kaur Dhami and would soon file an additional challan in the case. The court has set November 22 as the next date to hear the case.
In the situation report filed on September 21 in the court of civilian judge Mukesh Kumar Singla, police said Jagtar Singh Hawara was being held in Burail prison. He further stated that he could not be released from prison in accordance with the provisions of article 268 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC). The situation report indicated that since Hawara could not be released from the prison, the challan could not be submitted.
However, Hawara’s lawyer Jaspal Singh Manjhpur claimed he was being accommodated in Tihar prison. “Hawara is accommodated in Tihar prison while the situation report submitted by the police indicates that he is in Burail prison. The lawyer told The Indian Express that 23 years have passed, but the police situation report says they want to further delay proceedings in the case.
Hawara’s production warrants were first issued on April 4, 1999, for April 28 of the same year by the Court of First Class Judicial Magistrate (JMIC) Mandeep Singh Dhillon in Kharar, however, after police of the district neither put Hawara on production mandates. nor arrested in this matter.
Hawara, along with six others, was sentenced under Articles 124-A (sedition), 153-A (promoting enmity between different groups on religious grounds), 225 (Resisting or obstructing legal arrest another person) and 511 (Punishment for attempting to commit offenses punishable by life imprisonment or other prison terms) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) in FIR number 31 registered on June 13, 1998, at post Sohana Police Station.