H S Bawa
Jalandhar, March 25-
Shiromani Akali Dal Core Committee has asked SGPC to immediately file a clemency appeal before the President of India to save Bhai Balwant Singh Rajoana from the gallows. Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal shall be coming up with a statement on the issue of Bhai Rajoana in Punjab Vidhan Sabha on Monday.
This was decided during an emergency meeting of the Shiromani Akali Dal Core Committee convened and presided by SAD President Sukhbir Singh Badal, held at Chandigarh Sunday evening. The SAD Core Committee today asked the Punjab government to take all possible legal and other steps to secure clemency for Bhai Balwant Singh Rajoana.
The Core Committee fully endorsed the steps taken by the Punjab government in this regard so far. The Core Committee took note of the fact that the warrants of execution against Bhai Rajoana had been returned since it was legally not possible to execute them.
The Committee appreciated the fact that the Punjab government had already taken a decision not to execute the death warrant against Bhai Rajoana, and fully backed the efforts being taken by the government to secure clemency for him.
Addressing the meeting SAD president Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal, said that the party was prepared to “go to any extent to secure clemency for Bhai Rajoana so that the hard earned atmosphere of peace and communal harmony in the state is not disturbed.”
The Chief Minister, who was present at the meeting, disclosed that he would make a special statement on the subject on the floor of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha tomorrow.
The Core Committee appealed to all political parties, organizations, institutions and citizens of the country to extend support for the cause of clemency for Bhai Rajoana to maintain peace and communal harmony in the state and the country.