Petition filed in Pakistan court to prove Bhagat Singh’s innocence
A copy of the FIR registered against Bhagat Singh in the then Lahore SSP’s murder case in 1928 has been sought here to prove the innocence of the legendary freedom fighter. Petitioner Imtiaz Rashid Qureshi, chairman of the Bhagat Singh Memorial Foundation, had filed a petition seeking attested copy of the FIR registered against Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru for allegedly killing then SSP John P Saunders.
Qureshi said the Punjab police legal affairs office had records from 1895 to 1928. But the police did not give him the FIR registered in 1928 when the SSP was killed. He said special judges of tribunal handling Singh’s case awarded death sentence to him without hearing 450 witnesses in the case. Singh’s lawyers were not given the opportunity of cross-question them.
In March 1931, following his trial for involvement in the ‘Lahore conspiracy case’, the British government hanged Singh at Shadman Chowk, aged 23.