1995 Clock Tower Bomb Blast: Police asks Court to pursue trial against Bhai Hawara via video conferencing

LUDHIANA, Punjab—On July 15, the Ludhiana police submitted an application in the Court of Judge Atul Kasana demanding pursue of trial against Bhai Jagtar Singh Hawara in Ludhiana’s clock tower bomb case via video conferencing. Bhai Hawara’s legal counsel Advocate Jaspal Singh strongly opposed the police’s demand and requested the Court to order Bhai Hawara’s personal appearance for recording his statements.

After hearing arguments of the prosecution and defense, the Court deferred the next hearing of this case onto July 23. The Court is expected to deliver its decision on this demand of police during the next hearing.

It may be recalled here that initially the Police had registered an FIR against unidentified persons in this case dating back to 1995 but later name of Bhai Jagtar Singh Hawara was included in this case. Bhai Jagtar Singh Hawara was indicted under sections 307,427 of the IPC (Indian Penal Code) and sections 3 & 4 of the Arms Ammunition Act.

Bhai Jagtar Singh Hawara is currently being confined in the Tihar Jail of India’s national capital New Delhi. He was sentenced with the death penalty by the trial court in assassination case of former Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh but later his death penalty was commuted to a life sentence.

Bhai Hawara’s legal counsel Advocate Jaspal Singh Manjhpur is working to have him released on bail, whilst fighting to have him acquitted in a number allegedly trumped up cases registered against him.



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