Vancouver (Agencies): Air India Kanishka bomber Inderjit Singh Reyat’s petition challenging his recent conviction has left families of the victims of the 1985 tragedy in red. Singh got additional nine years for lying 19 times under oath.

Reyat has challenged his conviction in the British Columbia Court of Appeal here, saying the trial judge erred in application of law.
After spending 15 years in jail for his role in the Air India bombing plot, Reyat got additional nine years last month to save two other suspects Ripudaman Singh Malik and Ajaib Singh Bagri during their trial in 2003.

Reacting angrily to Reyat's appeal, Shipra Rana, sister of Kanishka flight attendant Shyla Juju, told a news agency, "We cannot fight this (any more), nor will our sentiments make a difference."

Accusing the Canadian government of ignoring the implementation of the John Major inquiry report into security lapses that led to the tragedy, she said, "The victim families are still waiting for the government to fulfill the promises made nine months ago. We don't seem to matter... the media finds our sentiments and issues old and stale news. The government has not yet spoken to the families of the victims overseas. We lost our family members... please remind all how and why it all happened."

Reyat admitted to testing the bomb that blew off at Tokyo airport and was jailed for 10 years in 1991. After this, he was given another five years - in plea bargain that he would testify truthfully at the trial of two other suspects - for his role in assembling the bomb that blew off Kanishka.

But he lied multiple times during the trial of Ripudaman Singh Malik and Ajaib Singh Bagri in 2003, leading to their acquittal.
So when Reyat got out of jail in 2008, he was slapped with the perjury case, leading to additional nine-year jail for him last month.