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Former Punjab CM Beant Singh's assassin gets life imprisonment

Team SoOLEGAL 19 Mar 2018 1:52pm

Former Punjab CM Beant Singh's assassin gets life imprisonment

Chandigarh: Jagtar Singh Tara, assassin of former Punjab CM Beant Singh was awarded life imprisonment by a Chandigarh Court. Tara in January had confessed his involvement in assassination of Beant Singh.  In addition of lifer, the court has imposed a fine of Rs 35,000 on Jagtar Singh Tara.

The court of Additional District and Sessions Judge J S Sidhu pronounced the sentence in the high security jail located in Burail, Chandigarh, where the accused Khalistani terrorist is currently lodged.

According to the Tara's counsel Simranjit Singh, the court has also imposed a fine of Rs 35,000 on Jagtar Singh Tara who has decided not to challenge the lower court's decision in the High Court.

Booked under various sections of IPC including murder, attempt to murder and criminal conspiracy, the CBI lawyer had demanded gallows for Tara. The accused in a letter submitted to the court in January this year had confessed his involvement in the assassination of Beant Singh which took place on August 31, 1995.

Beant Singh, the then Chief Minister of Punjab was killed in a powerful explosion outside the Chandigarh Civil Secretariat along with 16 others. He was killed by a human bomb Dilawar Singh who was a Punjab police employee. Dilawar Singh had killed Beant Singh by blowing up his bullet-proof car.

Beant Singh was on the target of Babbar Khalsa International, a banned Khalistani terror outfit, who was made Punjab chief minister when other parties had boycotted the assembly elections. The killing was in retaliation to alleged human rights violations by the Punjab police.

Tagged: Chandigarh court   Beant Singh   Life imprisonment  
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