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Pakistan’s Lahore High Court has objected to the petition to reopen the death sentence case of freedom struggle hero Bhagat Singh and honor him with state awards posthumously. The court said that this case is not worthy of hearing. Let us tell you that after being prosecuted for alleged conspiracy against the British government, Bhagat Singh was hanged along with his comrades Rajguru and Sukhdev on 23 March 1931. Bhagat Singh was initially given life imprisonment but later he was given death sentence on fabricated charges.
The petition has been pending for a decade
Advocate Imtiaz Rashid Qureshi, president of the Bhagat Singh Memorial Foundation in Pakistan and petitioner in the case, had sought reopening of Bhagat Singh’s conviction case. However, Lahore High Court objected to the speedy hearing and formation of a larger bench. Lahore High Court said that the petition is not worthy of hearing for the formation of a larger bench. Petitioner Qureshi said that a panel of senior lawyers, of which he is also a part, had filed the petition in the Lahore High Court. This petition has been pending for the last decade. In 2013, the then Justice Shujaat Ali Khan had referred the matter to the Chief Justice for constituting a larger bench, but since then the matter is pending. Now the High Court has expressed objection to the formation of a larger bench by declaring the petition not worthy of being heard.
‘Bhagat Singh fought for the freedom of the subcontinent’
The petition pending in the Lahore High Court states that Bhagat Singh fought for the independence of the subcontinent. Bhagat Singh is revered in the subcontinent not only by Sikhs and Hindus but also by Muslims. Pakistan’s founder Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah also paid tribute to Bhagat Singh twice in his speeches in the Central Assembly. The petitioner said this is a matter of national importance and should be decided before a full bench.