During an hour-long meeting here yesterday, Rijiju is supposed to have conveyed to Williams that Jagtar Singh Johal is suspected accused to be one of the conspirators in carrying out targeted killings of seven RSS, Shiv Sena and Dera Sacha Sauda leaders between January 2016 and October 2017, an official spoke today.
- Johal is currently in a jail in Punjab
- Johal was involved in the funding of the conspiracy to kill RSS leader Ravinder Gosain.
- Johal had asserted that police threatened to shoot him and set him alight with petrol, according to the British media reports.
- British High Commission has been provided 11 consular visits to meet Johal so far.
- Johal has become a rallying point for Sikh groups in Britain.
The visiting minister Williams has been told that Johal will have to face law in India for his alleged role in the crime in Punjab, the official reported as per Times of India.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) in a charge sheet filed in a court in Punjab’s Mohali on May 4, had claimed that Johal was involved in the funding of the conspiracy to kill Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) leader Ravinder Gosain in Ludhiana last October. Johal is currently in a jail in Punjab and other cases against him are under various stages.
Rijiju told Williams that regular consular access is being provided to diplomats of the British High Commission to meet Johal and so far 11 consular visits have been facilitated.
India has been maintaining that Johal, a citizen of the UK, has become a rallying point for Sikh groups in Britain. There was also a debate in the UK Parliament on Johal’s issue and providing the consular access to him.
During his meeting with his UK counterpart recently, NSA Ajit Doval had even suggested that one can approach the National Human Rights Commission, which is an independent body with investigative and judicial powers, to look into allegations of mistreatment.
Johal had asserted that police threatened to shoot him and set him alight with petrol, according to the British media reports.