By Yudhvir Rana
AMRITSAR: Sarabjit Singh’s counsel has filed a fresh petition in Pakistan’s Supreme Court seeking reopening of his case following the arrest of Manjit Singh in India, on whose identity Sarabjit Singh was allegedly booked in a case of serial bomb blasts in Lahore and Kasur and was sentenced to death.
His lawyer claims that the Manjit Singh arrested in India recently is the person who is responsible for the bomb blasts.
Sarabjit’s counsel Awais Sheikh told TOI on Sunday that he had filed the petition for reopening and re-adjudicating of his client’s case. He said, “The reality has come out in the open following the arrest of Manjit Singh in India and now the case should be reconsidered.”
Panchkula police had arrested Manjit Singh Rattu in December last year on charges of fraud following which Awais Sheikh claimed that it was the same Manjit Singh who was behind the bomb blasts in Pakistanin 1990. “I have reason to believe that Manjit Singh was present in Pakistan when the blast occurred,” said Awais Sheikh.
Meanwhile, Dalbir Kaur, sister of Sarabjit Singh, said, “Now I see some hope if the court allows to reopen the case and consider the new facts.” Sarabjit Singh had crossed over to Pakistan in an inebriated condition in 1990 and was arrested on the fake identity of Manjit Singh. Police had slapped serial bomb blast cases on him.
The FIR didn’t have the name of Sarabjit Singh. His family back home had been pleading that the man sentenced to death was Sarabjit Singh and not Manjit Singh. “We had send all the antecedents to Pakistan government which proves that the person waiting for death sentence for past nearly two decades is not Manjit Singh but Sarabjit Singh,” said Dalbir. She also informed that Sarabjit Singh has written few pages about his life in a book which would be published in the near future.
Dalbir, who had also appealed to Kashmiri separatist leaders including Shabbir Shah and Syed Ali Shah Gilani for issuing statement for early release of her brother, said, “I am hopeful they will also urge Pakistan government to set free an innocent person.”