After 20 hearings and 59 days of police remand where Jaggi was subjected to torture, harassment, physical and mental abuse at the hands of the notorious Punjab Police, Jaggi has finally been sent into judicial custody, where his treatment can be more closely monitored by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and British Consulate staff, family and lawyers can have relatively unrestricted access.
This is a major milestone in Jaggi’s case, regardless we will continue to press the Indian government, with the assistance of the Sikh Sangat, Redress, Ensaaf, and the British government so that a thorough and independent investigation into the torture Jaggi was subjected too can take place.
We continue to pursue Jaggi’s unconditional release. It is vital to remember that Jaggi has undergone cruel and inhumane treatment, has not been charged with any offence, and has had his human rights violated based merely on suspicion. The fundamental legal principle of modern democracies: innocent until proven guilty, has been violated, not only in Jaggi’s treatment but also through his portrayal in nationalist indian media outlets.
Jaggi is innocent of any crime, yet has been in the custody of Indian security services since his illegal arrest on the 4th of November 2017. We want nothing short of freedom for Jaggi.
We will be closely monitoring the situation and the conditions in which Jaggi is kept.
In Chardikala (The ever rising Sikh spirit through the grace of the Guru).
Chandigarh: Scottish citizen Jagtar Singh Johal ‘Jaggi’ was today reproduced by the National Investigating Agency (NIA) in case RC/18/17/DLI before the special NIA court at Mohali after competition of his previous 7 days NIA police remand.
The NIA apprised Additional Sessions Judge I (Mohali) Ms. Anshul Berry about the developments (if any) in the case and stated that Jagtar Singh Johal is not further needed in any of the case, to which the judge committed Jagtar Singh Johal alias Jaggi to 30 days of Judicial custody at Maximum Security prison at Nabha.
Furthermore, Ramandeep Singh Bagga and Hardeep Singh Shera were today produced by the NIA before special NIA court at Mohali, in case RC/26/17 pertaining to the incident involving firing of shots at Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) shakha in the city of Ludhiana. They were sent to Judicial custody in this case till 20th January 2018 by the court of Additional Sessions Judge I Ms Anshul Berry.
In yet another case no RC/22/17 both Ramandeep Singh Bagga and Hardeep Singh Shera were arrested on Tuesday by the NIA. Initially the defense council had asked for 12 days custody of them, but after the opposition by the defense counsel Advocate Jaspal Singh Manjhpur, the NIA managed to secure only 2 days of Police custody.
Meanwhile, the NIA has not reverted to the application forwarded by the defense counsel attributed to getting a medical check up (both Physical and Psychological) of Jagtar Singh Johal, that too through an independent medical board. The second request related to collective arrest of both Bagga-Shera by the NIA in all the cases being investigated by the agency. The NIA had initially asked for time to file a reply to the requests made but till date nothing such has been initiated on its part.