ALLAHABAD, Uttar Pradesh—In a case pertaining to the murder of 7 Sikh prisoners in Pilibhit Jail, the Allahabad High Court bench, comprising Justices Ramesh Sinha and Umesh Chandra Srivastva, has issued a notice to the Uttar Pradesh government to submit a reply by July 7.
Sikh24 has learnt that 24 out of a total 41 jail officials have received notice from the Allahabad Court in this case. The Allahabad High Court has fixed July 14 for the next hearing on case.
On the intervening night of November 8 & 9, Pilibhit Jail officials led by Jail Superintendent Vidhianchal Singh brutally thrashed 7 Sikh prisoners who succumbed to death in 1994. In 2007, the District Court of Pilibhit had accepted an application moved by the Mulayam Singh Yadav led UP government for the withdrawal of the case against the jail officials.
Originally, the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee had sought the indictment of all 41 jail officials deployed in the jail at that time.
Later, the DSGMC moved a plea in the Supreme Court of India seeking justice for the victims. The Supreme Court had then directed the DSGMC to lodge case in Allahabad High Court.