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SOPW LEGAL TEAM - OFFICIAL LAUNCH IN INDIA 

Last week, SOPW held a press conference at the Press Club in Chandigarh. The TV and print media were present when SOPW announced our legal team comprising of Amar Singh Chahal and Rajvinder Singh Bains. Alongside them, were our tireless and dedicated team members R P Singh and Parminder Singh.

COURT HEARING OF BHAI GURMEET SINGH'S PETITION FOR PERMANENT RELEASE 

On Thursday 30th January, the state government sought time from the Punjab and Haryana High Court to clear it’s stand on the petition for premature release, filed by one of the Burail Jail three - Gurmeet Singh.

AUSTRIAN JAIL AUTHORITY MEETS WITH HARDEEP SINGH 

Senior officials from the Austrian jails authority met with Hardeep Singh who has been on hunger strike in prison for some days now. Hardeep Singh is serving a 17 year sentence and has been in jail since 2009.

SUPREME COURT IN NEW DELHI PUTS A TEMPORARY STOP ON PROFESSOR BHULLAR’S EXECUTION

In New Delhi today, the Supreme Court of India stayed the execution of Sikh political prisoner Professor Davinder Pal Singh Bhullar. Today's hearing took place to consider the petition moved by his wife Bibi Navneet Kaur.

PRESS RELEASE FROM SIKH COUNCIL UK ON IT'S MEETING WITH UK CABINET SECRETARY 

The Sikh Council UK organised and led a meeting of Sikh representatives with the Cabinet Secretary, Sir Jeremy Heywood to discuss UK Government involvement in the 1984 attack by the Indian army on Sri Harmander Sahib, Amritsar.

FIVE SINGHS ACQUITTED IN CONNECTION WITH FALSE CHARGES OF THE SHINGAR CINEMA BOMB BLAST 

On 28 January 2014, in the Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar Court of Session Judge, Neelam Arora, five Singhs were acquitted from criminal offense charges. In 2010, the Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar Police had falsely charged them with allegedly conspiring in terrorism related activities. The five are Giani Parshotam Singh, Harminder Singh, Gurpreet Singh Khalsa, Prabhdyal Singh and Dharminder Singh. 

BHAI JAGTAR SINGH HAWARA IN COURT TODAY 

Today, Jagtar Singh Hawara appeared in the Delhi court of Judge Daya Parkash, in connection with charges under Sections 120B for Criminal Conspiracy, 121 for waging war against the State and 307 for attempted murder. Witnesses for the prosecution were cross examined by Bhai Hawara's lawyer, Maninder Singh. The case continues and the next hearing has been set for 25 February 2014.

SOPW JOIN OTHER SIKH ORGANISATIONS TO ATTEND MEETING WITH UK CABINET SECRETARY 

Today, an SOPW member attended a meeting along with other prominent Sikh organisations, with the Cabinet Secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood and various other Government officials at Whitehall in London. The purpose of the meeting was for the Government to meet with Sikh leaders and understand the deep concerns and sentiments that have risen since the release of letters between the UK and Indian Governments in relation to the 1984 attack on the Golden Temple in Amritsar.

RAHUL GANDHI – LIES, LIES AND MORE LIES....

On 27th January, Rahul Gandhi gave his first TV interview to Arnab Goswami of Times Now. 

It is common knowledge that the Congress party led the 1984 Sikh Genocide in Delhi. Many commissions have been created and many findings have been reported. Yet, to this date the perpetrators of the massacre of thousands of innocent Sikhs, walk free and even enjoy positions of power.

AUSTRIAN JAIL AUTHORITIES SHOW DISRESPECT WHEN SEARCHING THE CELLS OF FIVE SINGHS WHO ARE SERVING TIME

 

On 22 January, the Austrian jail authority, accompanied by sniffer dogs, raided the belongings of five Sikhs while they were away from their cells. They showed great disregard for the sacred Gutka's (prayer books) and other religious literature. All their belongings were left in a real state of disarray.

PROFESSOR BHULLAR'S PETITION TO BE HEARD IN COURT ON 31 JANUARY 

Today an apex Court bench has decided to hold Davinderpal Singh Bhullar's plea in open court on Friday 31 January at 10.30 a.m. The petition seeks to commute his death sentence to life imprisonment, in light of three judges' verdict, that delay in deciding a mercy petition by the president and mental illness of a death row convict were grounds for commuting death sentence to life imprisonment. The ruling also held that the court's decision would not be coloured by whether the person was convicted under the Indian Penal Code or the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act (TADA).

SERIOUS ALERT - NIA INVESTIGATES SOPW FOR THE SECOND TIME IN A YEAR 

SOPW are very concerned that the NIA (India's counter terrorism agency) has begun its second investigation of SOPW's operations in India. Today a large NIA team including an SP, DSP, Inspectors and Punjab Police made house enquiries at our senior SOPW members homes and called other team members to their offices for further interviews.

PUNJAB POLICE FIRED THE BULLET THAT KILLED SHAHEED JASPAL SINGH

In March 2012, eighteen year old University Student Jaspal Singh Sidhwan, was taking part in a peaceful sit down protest against Shiv Sena activists who had removed and defiled another students dastaar. Whilst they were reciting "Satnam Waheguru" jaap, Punjab police opened fire at the young unarmed students, resulting in Ranjit Singh sustaining a serious injury and in the death of Shaheed Jaspal Singh.

LAKHWINDER SINGH LAKHA - ANOTHER CHARDI KALA SINGH WALKS TOWARDS THE GATES OF BURAIL JAIL 

Bhai Lakhwinder Singh followed in the footsteps of both Gurmeet Singh and Shamsher Singh and surrendered himself as his parole period came to an end. After spending an emotional four weeks at home for the first time in eighteen years, the 'Burail Jail Three' are back behind bars. 

MORE EMOTIONAL SCENES AT THE GATES OF BURAIL JAIL

Bhai Shamsher Singh made his way to Burail Jail as his parole period came to an end today. Accompanied by his family, our SOPW senior representative, RP Singh (seen here next to Shamsher Singh) was also present to see him off. 

HEARTBREAKING EMOTIONS AS BHAI GURMEET SINGH HAS TO RETURN TO BURAIL JAIL 

Gurmeet Singh is one of the four prisoners recently released on parole for a period of 28 days with firm assurances from the Punjab authorities, that his permanent release would be secured, hopefully within the parole period, meaning he would not have to spend any further time behind bars.

GROUNDBREAKING MEETING HELD BETWEEN TOM WATSON (MP) AND BALBIR SINGH BAINS (SOPW) AT THE UK HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT

Today in a private meeting that lasted over one and a half hours, Tom Watson MP for West Bromwich met with Balbir Singh Bains, Founder of SOPW and Jagjit Singh, lawyer and human rights activist. Many of you will know that Tom Watson was instrumental in the 'News of the World' newspaper hacking scandal, which eventually led to the downfall of Rupert Murdoch's grip over the UK government. More recently, he has also been a leading figure in the release of the 1984 letters that were exchanged between the UK and Indian Governments, regarding the attack on Darbar Sahib.

SUPREME COURT RULING WILL HAVE AN EFFECT ON PROFESSOR BHULLAR’S CASE - BUT HE IS NOT ONE OF THE FIFTEEN NAMED IN TODAY’S JUDGEMENT

 

To clear up any confusion, SOPW would like to clarify that Professor Davinderpal Singh Bhullar was NOT one of the fifteen petitioners in the case which challenged their death sentences on the grounds of delay taken to answer their mercy petitions.

BREAKING NEWS – SUPREME COURT COMMUTES 15 DEATH SENTENCES AND RULES THAT UNREASONABLE DELAY ATTRIBUTES TO TORTURE

Today, the Supreme Court of India has commuted the death sentences of 15 prisoners, ruling that delays in their execution were grounds to change their sentences to life imprisonment.

THE PUNJAB GOVERNMENT'S TRACK RECORD OF ASSURANCES GIVEN TO THE SIKH PANTH....

In this newspaper article Punjab's CM Badal, has clearly stated that if the four Singhs recently granted parole leave, have to return to prison and are not permanently released - he is unable to do anything more as it is outside of his jurisdiction.

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