NEW DELHI: Banned outfit Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) has claimed that pro-Khalistan Sikhs gave $16 million to chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, who has been arrested by Enforcement Directorate in the excise policy case.
In a purported video, SFJ chief Gurpatwant Singh Pannun claimed Kejriwal had a meeting with them in Gurdwara Richmond Hills, New York, in 2014, where the AAP leader allegedly promised to release 1993 Delhi blast convict Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar in lieu of financial support.However, Kejriwal went back on his promises, he alleged.The veracity of the video could not be verified. There was no official reaction from AAP, but party sources denied the claims, terming them “baseless”.

Pannun also gave a veiled threat to have Kejriwal attacked in prison for allegedly “betraying their trust” and his govt “having some pro-Khalistan Sikhs killed by labelling them gangsters”. “Once Kejriwal is sent to jail, he will be questioned by pro-Khalistan Sikh inmates in prison,” he warned in the video.The threat has left security agencies concerned about Kejriwal’s security if he goes to Tihar.
In 2014, Kejriwal had written to then President Pranab Mukherjee seeking clemency for Bhullar.

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In Jan this year, Delhi govt’s Sentence Review Board (SRB), headed by minister Kailash Gahlot, rejected Bhullar’s plea, saying it was not found tenable and a fit case for premature release. The seven-member SRB was of the view that such a convict, if released, may still pose a direct threat to the sovereignty, integrity and tranquillity of the country.

The premature release request of Bhullar, who has been behind bars for more than 25 years, was not recommended by the jail authorities or police. The former said that such a convict was unlikely to adopt a reformative attitude and police told the board that the possibility of him committing crime again cannot be ruled out. In Feb this year, Bhullar withdrew his petition seeking premature release from Punjab and Haryana high court (HC).

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Bhullar, who comes from Dayalpura Bhaike in Bathinda, was booked under Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act and other related laws in Sept 1993 in connection with the Delhi bomb blasts. In 2001, he was awarded the death sentence by a court, which was commuted to life imprisonment by Supreme Court in 2014.
Pannun had also issued a threat in Jan this year that the chief ministers of Delhi and Punjab would face a “political death” if his associates were not released by next month.

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