Beant “Singh” Assassination Case: Trial Court to address verdict against Bhai Tara on March 17

CHANDIGARH, Punjab—Hearing of pending trial against political Sikh prisoner Bhai Jagtar Singh Tara in Beant “Singh” assassination case was conducted by the Court of Additional Session Judge J.S. Sidhu in Burail jail. During this hearing, the court fixed March 16 for final debate between prosecution and defense lawyers. The Court has announced to address its verdict against political Sikh prisoner Bhai Jagtar Singh Tara on March 17.

An old photo of Bhai Jagtar Singh Tara

Speaking to Sikh24 on March 12, Bhai Tara’s legal counsel Advocate Simranjit Singh informed that a brief debate between him and prosecution lawyer S.K. Saxena occurred during this hearing. He added that he apprised the Court that Bhai Jagtar Singh Tara didn’t assassinate the former Punjab Chief Minister Beant “Singh” due to personal rivalry instead he did it to put control over murders of innocent Sikh youths being carried out by the Punjab police at the behest of Beant “Singh”.

It is learnt that the CBI lawyer S.K. Saxena also countered defense lawyer’s contentions by saying that India is a democratic country and anyone was free to express his sentiments through vote. Advocate Saxena apprised the court about prominent role played by Bhai Jagtar Singh Tara in this case and shed light on several verdicts addressed by the Supreme Court of India in such cases.   

In January 2018, Bhai Jagtar Singh Tara had admitted before the Court by submitting a six page confession that he was involved in the plan of assassinating former Punjab Chief Minister Beant “Singh”. He had told the Court that he doesn’t have any regrets for his actions as Beant had carried out genocide of Sikh youths across Punjab.

It may be recalled here that the trial against Bhai Jagtar Singh Tara in Beant assassination case was pending as he had fled to Pakistan after Burail jail break episode while his colleagues Bhai Jagtar Singh Hawara and Bhai Paramjit Singh Bheora were addressed life sentence. Bhai Jagtar Singh Tara was arrested from Thailand in December 2014 and was deported to India in January 2015.

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