A lawyer in Lahore has sought a reopening of the case pertaining to the murder of British police officer John Saunders in 1928, that led to the execution of Bhagat Singh and his comrades Sukhdev and Rajguru, saying that he might be innocent of the charges.
Last week, the police had provided the lawyer with a copy of the FIR registered against the three freedom fighters Dec 17, 1928, for killing then Assistant Superintendent of Police John P Saunders in Lahore. “The FIR does not identify those who had attacked the British police officer. This could just mean that the complainants did not know who the assailants were at the time the FIR was lodged, and that the names of the suspects might have been added later,” the editorial stated. Bhagat Singh, 23, along with Sukhdev and Rajguru were sentenced to death for killing Saunders and the three of them were hanged in Lahore jail March 23, 1931. “The Lahore High Court has deemed the availability of the 1928 FIR necessary for considering the reopening of the Bhagat Singh case and has referred the case to the Chief Justice and a higher Bench,” the editorial observed. (IANS)