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SC seeks CBI’s reply on Hawara’s appeal'

The Supreme Court on Friday sought response from the CBI on a petition moved by Babbar Khalsa terrorist Jagtar Singh Hawara, the mastermind in the sensational killing of Punjab chief minister Beant Singh in 1995, challenging his conviction and life imprisonment.

A bench comprising justices B S Chauhan and S A Bobde issued notice to the agency on the appeal filed by Hawara against the 12 October, 2010 judgement of the Punjab and Haryana HC.

The High Court had commuted the death penalty of Hawara and sentenced him to life imprisonment ‘till death’, holding that it was a borderline case for capital punishment.

However, the CBI on 5 December, 2011 had moved the SC seeking death penalty for him saying the offence falls under the category of ‘rarest of rare’ cases. While pressing for death penalty, the agency had said it was a most serious offence where 17 people were killed including a CM of a state and 15 were injured.
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