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Rajoana case: Punjab CM arrives in Delhi to meet President, PM on Wednesday

New Delhi, Tue, 27 Mar 2012 ANI

New Delhi, Mar.27 (ANI): Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal arrived here on Tuesday evening and is scheduled to meet President Pratibha Devisingh Patil and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday.

During his meetings with President Patil and Prime Minister Singh, Badal is expected to take up the issue of converting the death sentence given to Balwant Singh Rajoana, the assassin of former Punjab chief minister Beant Singh, to a life sentence, if not a pardon.

Badal has arrived in the national capital, even as the state of Punjab remains tense over the possible execution of Rajoana on March 31 as per the directions of a Chandigarh additional sessions court judge.

A blanket of security has been imposed across the state to prevent any untoward incident.

Earlier this afternoon, Chandigarh Additional District and Sessions Judge Shalini Nagpal ordered the hanging of Balwant Singh Rajoana, the assassin of former Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh, on March 31, and also issued contempt of court notices to the jail superintendent and other jail officials of the Patiala jail for forwarding Rajoana's death warrant to her court, saying the jail could not carry out Rajoana's execution because the case was weak legally.

The Patiala Jail superintendent has no option but to approach the high court in the matter.agpal's verdict was announced even as security was stepped up across the state of Punjab.

It maybe recalled that Rajoana was involved in the assassination of former Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh on August 31, 1995.

However, Rajoana has written a letter to the Akal Takht saying there was no need for anyone to seek clemency for him. He has also refused to accept any sympathy from the BJP, Congress leader Captain Amarinder Singh or from Beant Singh's family members.

In a letter to the Akal Takht, which he handed over to his sister Kamaldeep Kaur, Rajoana wrote, "I have fought for my rights all through my life. I do not want to give away my principles for anyone."

Rajoana criticised politicians, especially the Akalis in his letter saying, "I neither trusted them (Akalis) nor believe them as they have failed to get justice from New Delhi. These leaders were mum till date, and suddenly, they are speaking for my clemency."

He added: "All know how they have made money and what their reality is. The Akalis should give away blue turbans and instead don khaki turbans for failing to get justice from New Delhi time and again."

"Asking for mercy from them is not even in my distant dreams," Rajoana said in his letter.

With the Patiala jail authorities returning the death warrant for Rajoana's hanging back to the Chandigarh court for the second time, the Court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Shalini Nagpal reserved the final orders on deciding the execution for Tuesday. (ANI)

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