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THE PUNJAB GOVERNMENT IS IN A POSITION TO HELP RELEASE SIKH POLITICAL PRISONERS, IF IT HAD THE INTENTION TO... 

Whatever the sentence handed down by the Courts, it is customary in India that politics plays a large role in influencing a prisoners release or pardon. Respected Punjab and Haryana High Court Advocate Navkiran Singh, states that, “life prisoners aren’t necessarily entitled to early release by law, but the State or Central Government can intervene at any time during the sentence and grant a pardon. 

However, today’s Punjab Government is not concerned with the betterment of its citizens, but purely interested in holding on to its own power.” Last year, Gurbaksh Singh’s ‘hunger til death’ protest, led to a “build up of pressure on the Punjab Government, however, by pushing Gurbaksh Singh to break his fast without meeting his demands, the Government kept its position steadfast”.

Giving the example of Gurdeep Singh Khera who is currently lodged in Karnataka Prison, Navkiran Singh says, “The State of Karnataka has sent paperwork to the Punjab Government agreeing to the transfer of Gurdeep Singh to a prison in Punjab. But, it is with great regret that the Punjab Government is sitting on this file and has not actioned the transfer. Our very own Sikh Party and it’s leaders are not willing to come to the aid of our very own Sikh political prisoners.” 

© The Sikh Organisation for Prisoners Welfare 2019