The Supreme Court docket Monday directed the Centre to resolve inside two months Balwant Singh Rajoana‘s plea that his demise penalty within the 1995 assassination of former Punjab chief minister Beant Singh be commuted to life imprisonment on floor of his lengthy incarceration of practically 26 years.
A bench headed by Justice Uday Umesh Lalit mentioned the pendency of appeals of different co-convicts within the apex court docket within the case wouldn’t are available the way in which of authorities in deciding Rajoana’s plea.
Rajoana, a former Punjab police constable, was convicted for his involvement in an explosion exterior the Punjab civil secretariat that killed Beant Singh and 16 others on August 31, 1995.
The highest court docket has been listening to Rajoana’s plea searching for commutation of the demise sentence to life time period on the bottom that he has been in jail for 26 years.
A particular court docket had in July 2007 awarded the demise sentence to Rajoana within the case.