In the CM Beant Singh Assassination Case, the Supreme Court has reserved judgment on Balwant Singh Rajoana’s request to have his death sentence commuted.

Balwant Singh Rajoana, a Babbar Khalsa terrorist and death row inmate, asked the Supreme Court on Thursday to commute his death sentence to life in prison. The Supreme Court reserved its decision. The BKI agent was found guilty for his part in the August 1995 murder of Beant Singh, the former chief minister of Punjab.
On behalf of the death row inmate, senior attorney Mukul Rohatgi appeared before a three-judge panel consisting of Justices B.R. Gavai, Vikram Nath, and Sanjay Karol. The central government’s 2019 notification announcing its decision to commute Rajoana’s sentence was under consideration by the bench while it heard a writ suit. The militant also asked the court to commute his death sentence on the grounds that it took too long to consider the petition for mercy filed on his behalf.
The State claimed that Rajoana’s sentence had not yet been commuted due to “security concerns and the pendency of an appeal filed by a co-accused,” but the senior counsel vehemently refuted that cclaim
This news is written by Mr. Manpreet Rathor, Research Assistant, All India Legal Forum..

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