Terrorist Balwant Rajoana's hanging stayed
The government yesterday stayed the hanging of Babbar Khalsa International terrorist Balwant Rajoana for the August 31, 1995 assassination of then Punjab CM Beant Singh. The execution was scheduled for March 31.
The development was revealed by Punjab CM Prakash Singh Badal and his deputy Sukhbir Singh Badal here after their meeting with President Pratibha Patil to whom they submitted a petition seeking mercy for Rajoana.
The Badal father-son said that they have a letter from the central government staying the hanging of Rajoana, convicted and sentenced to death by a Chandigarh court, till the Supreme Court disposes of an appeal or till the president decides on the mercy petition.