LAHORE: Two petitions seeking reopening of cases of executed Ghazi Ilm Din Shaheed and Bhagat Singh were filed before the Lahore High Court (LHC), on Friday, with recommendations to fix them before a full bench.
A single bench of the LHC referred the petitions to the chief justice.
Appearing before the court of Justice Shujat Ali Khan, counsel for petitioner Advocate Abdul Rasheed Qureshi requested the court that as the matter was of national interest and it should be fixed before a full bench.
The petitioner had submitted in the petition that Bhagat Singh was a freedom fighter and fought for the independence of the sub continent. He said he was hanged by the British Raj on March 23, 1931, following his trial for involvement in the conspiracy.
Imtiaz Rashid Qureshi of Saved Judiciary Committee in his petition had submitted that Singh was initially given life imprisonment but later he was awarded death sentence “in a case, which was fake.”
He said the governor Punjab at that time had constituted the tribunal through an ordinance, which was valid for four months and the tribunal started its proceedings six days prior to lapse of its tenure. He stated that the tribunal neither recorded statements of 450 witnesses nor did it listen to counter arguments from the defence side.
The petitioner argued that Bhagat Singh is respected in the subcontinent not only by Sikhs but also Muslims. He said Qauid-e-Azam twice paid him tribute during his speech in the central assembly.
He requested to reopen the case of Singh and declare him as innocent.
In his other petition for reopening the case of Ghazi Ilm Din, Qureshi said that a biased bench comprising LHC non-Muslim judges had given death sentence to the great Muslim Ghazi Ilm Din Shaheed in 1929 for killing a blasphemer. The counsel said that both judges’ decision was the violation of justice norms. He requested the court to reopen the case of Ghazi Ilm Din and form a full bench for its hearing.
He also asked the court to direct the government for martyr’s burial after acquitting him of the charges.
(Courtesy Express Tribune)