NEW DELHI—A delegation of SAD affiliated parliamentarians on July 18 met the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh seeking commutation of the death sentence of Bhai Balwant Singh Rajoana to life sentence. The SGPC president S. Gobind Singh Longowal was also a part of this delegation beside the Akali parliamentarians Prof. Prem Singh Chandumajra, S. Ranjit Singh Brahmpura, S. Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, S. Balwinder Singh Bhoondarh and the former parliamentarian S. Tarlochan Singh.
In the 15-minute meeting with the minister at Parliament House, the Sikh leaders raised apprehensions that the execution of the court’s order of death sentence had the potential to disturb peace in the state.
Sharing the development with media, S. Prem Singh Chandumajra said that the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has promised them to conclude the mercy petition at the earliest by commuting the death sentence of Bhai Balwant Singh Rajoana.
It is pertinent to note here that the death row convict Bhai Balwant Singh Rajoana is on hunger strike since July 16 in protest of the delay in execution of his death penalty.