Chandigarh: In a major turn of event in the 1995 assassination of then Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh, it has been revealed that the CBI counsel in the case, Rajan Malhotra, did not have the approval of the investigating agency to appear on its behalf. Raising question on the authority of Malhotra as the CBI counsel, another lawyer Arvind Thakur has filed a plea in the court in this regard.              

The court has fixed March 30 as the date of hearing of this case. In his petition, Thakur has mentioned that without the permission of the CBI, Rajan Malhotra was fighting the case. The information was revealed as per an RTI application. 

The information was revealed from an RTI which was filed by Tirlok Singh, the father of one of the accused Navjot Singh. The RTI also sought information on the total expenditure incurred by the government in the case, including the payment made to the lawyers.

Accepting the plea, the court issued notice to CBI asking it to clear its position.    

Balwant Singh Rajoana, the Babbar Khalsa International terrorist sentenced to death in the 1995 assassination of then Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh, should be hanged as scheduled on March 31, a Chandigarh Court ruled on Tuesday.

(JPN/ Bureau)