The man at the centre of a political storm in Punjab, Balwant Singh Rajoana, has written a second letter from his cell in Patiala, asking the state government not to seek clemency for him.
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The call for bandh evoked a total response in the city where Rajoana is lodged in the local Central Jail awaiting his execution on 31 March as per the orders of the Chandigarh Sessions Court.
Despite a court in Chandigarh issuing him a showcause notice for contempt, the Patiala jail superintendent on Tuesday again refused to accept the warrant of death for Babbar Khalsa terrorist Balwant Singh Rajoana.
A sessions court in Chandigarh said the death sentence on Balwant Singh Rajoana had to be carried out and also served a contempt notice on the superintendent of the Patiala jail.
Asked about Akali Dal government's demand for clemency to Rajoana, Khurshid said, "I have also heard it but this is the system, and neither the state government nor the Centre can do anything outside the system that has been put in place."
Former Punjab chief minister Beant Singh's co-assassin Balwant Singh Rajaona has hit out at the Akali Dal in a letter addressed to the Sikh community, he has refused help from the ruling party saying he is ready to die.
Two days back, the Superintendent had returned the death warrant issued by the Court here that said Rajoana be hanged at Patiala Central Jail on 31 March.