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Petition filed in Court of Pakistan to prove Bhagat Singh's innocence

Apr 30, 2014 16:16 IST

Imtiaz Rashid Qureshi, the chairman of the Bhagat Singh Memorial Foundation in April 2014 registered a FIR in Pakistan to prove innocence of the legendary freedom fighter, Bhagat Singh in the murder case of the Lahore SSP, John P Saunders in 1928.

Imtiaz Rashid Qureshi has filed the petition seeking attested copy of the FIR registered against Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru for allegedly killing the then SSP.

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Following the petition the additional district and session court of Lahore on 11 April 2014 ordered the police of Lahore to provide a copy of the FIR to Qureshi. But the police refused to give a copy of the FIR and following its refusal the court have issued a notice to Chaudhry Shafiq, the Lahore Police chief regarding compliance of the court's order.

As per Qureshi, the legal affairs office of the Punjab Police has records from 1895 to 1928 but they failed to provide him the FIR that was registered in 1928 at the time when the SSP was killed.

Recently, a petition was filed in the High Court of Lahore by Quershi seeking reopening of the case of Bhagat Singh to establish his innocence in the murder case. Following the petition, the Lahore’s High Court has referred the case to the Chief Justice for constitution of a larger bench.

As per Qureshi, the special judges of tribunal that handled the case of Singh awarded a death sentence to him without hearing 450 witnesses of the case and even the lawyers of Singh were not allowed to cross-question them.

Background

Following the order of the judges of tribunal after the trial, Bhagat Singh, who were involved in the 'Lahore conspiracy case' were hanged at Shadman Chowk by the British government at the age of 23.

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