Rajoana’s hanging stayed

New Delhi : The central government Wednesday stayed the hanging of Babbar Khalsa International terrorist Balwant Singh Rajoana for the Aug 31, 1995 assassination of then Punjab chief minister Beant Singh. The execution was scheduled for Saturday.

The development was revealed by Punjab Chief Minister 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 duo told reporters 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.
IANS

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