LAHORE - A division bench of Lahore High Court yesterday referred to the chief justice to constitute a larger bench for hearing of two identical petitions seeking reopening of cases of Ghazi Ilm Din Shaheed and Bhagat Singh .
As the proceedings commenced, the counsel of the petitioners pleaded the court that a larger bench should be constituted for the hearing of the matter due to complex questions regarding them.
Imtiaz Rasheed Qureshi of Bhagat Singh Memorial Foundation filed an application for early hearing of two petitions. The petitioner said Bhagat Sinh fought and sacrificed for freedom and independence of sub-continent. The British Bhagat Singh under charges of hatching conspiracies, awarded him death sentence and hanged him on March 23, 1931.
In his first petition, the petitioner said that biased and non-Muslim judges awarded death sentence to Ghazi Ilamuddin Shaheed in 1929 for killing a Hindu Publisher who committed blasphemy of the Holy Prophet PBUH.
In his second petition, Mr. Qureshi on behalf of Save Judiciary Committee stated that a prejudiced bench comprising then LHC non-Muslim judges awarded death sentence to Ghazi Ilamuddin Shaheed in 1929 for killing a Hindu publisher for disgracing Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H).
He prayed the court to set aside the sentences awarded to both heroes of the region and order government to honor them with posthumous state awards.