Diaspora

NAPA seek intervention of President Obama for release of Sikh Prisoner

February 16, 2015 10:49 AM

WASHINGTON: US Based North American Punjabi Association (NAPA) expressed its solidarity and support to one of its Director Mr Surat Singh Khalsa who is on hunger strike unto death in Ludhiana in Punjab State of India to demand the release of Sikh prisoners from different Jails of the country who had already completed their sentence under the rule of the land.


Dalwinder Singh Dhoot Chairman North American Punjabi Association (NAPA) in a letter sent to President of United States, US Law makers and the Secretary General of United Nation to help secure the release of Sikh political prisoners illegally detained by India beyond their sentences. In his letter sent to President Barack Obama and UN Secretary General NAPA Chairman seek their intervention to use their office to deliver justice for the release of prisoners and peace for the community, According to law, after 14 years, every life convict should be considered for remission of sentence. and after 20 years, the law totally allows the granting of remission added Dhoot.


He said that 106 Sikhs are languishing in various Indian jails at present. So many other Sikh prisoners are also languishing in jails and many have not even got fair trials. It is simply unfair. The issue of freeing Sikh prisoners in jails in Punjab and across the country.


Dhoot said that all such Sikh prisoners fulfill the eligibility conditions stipulated by the state government for premature release. None of them is seeking remission. Moreover, there is no bar on parole or furlough, which can be extended to any prisoner for up to 42 days with a one-day break. This process can be repeated for an unlimited period. Similarly, the state can still recommend suspension of punishment or straightaway pardon a convict by taking the case to the Governor.


In case of prisoners of other states, the state can get the sentence revoked by the President of India via the Union Home Ministry under provisions of Article 72 of the Constitution. Not only this, a convict can get relief from the state where he or she is lodged,” Dhoot said that this is very unfortunate that political parties are only shedding crocodile tears and are trying to divert people’s attention from the burning drug issue. They know nothing about the exact legal position or even the exact number of prisoners.

 
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