Papalpreet Singh | Sikh Activist Detained for Reading Letter @ Sarbat Khalsa | Hearing 14 March 2016 #FreePapalpreet


Papalpreet Singh | Sikh Activist Detained for Reading Letter at Sarbat Khalsa 2015 | Next Hearing 14 March 2015 | #FreePapalpreet

Bhai Papalpreet Singh’s next hearing has been deferred once again to March 14 2016. The bail plea of Bhai Papalpreet Singh was initially scheduled to be heard during first week of February, and has been deferred several times since.

Bhai Papalpreet Singh was charged following the Sarbat Khalsa 2015, where he read the letter of Bhai Narain Singh Chaura to the sangat. During the first hearing on the case, the High Court ordered that this video be presented to the court. Bhai Narian Singh Chaura is a human rights activist who is currently imprisoned in Punjab. The court has asked for the recording of the video as Bhai Papalpreet Singh faces sedition charges for reading his Bhai Chaura’s letter.

The charges in the FIR were for various violations listed in the Indian Penal Code under sections 124A, 153-A, 153-B, 115, 117, 120-B IPC and Section 13(1) of UAPA and Sec. 66-F Information Technology Act. According to Indian law, these violations are described as sedition against the Indian government, promoting enmity between groups, abetting a criminal offense, “cyber terrorism,” and conspiracy.

It is noteworthy that Bhai Papalpreet Singh is an intelligent activist of Sikh panth, who is known for his unique style of collecting and representing the common people’s view about Sikh sovereignty. He played a key role in promoting ‘Sarbat Khalsa’ across Punjab by interviewing common people and well known Sikh personalities. Videos of his interviews had gone viral over social media.

Bhai Papalpreet Singh is very active in human and social rights issues. He is known and respected across the world for rebuilding houses of Sikh martyr families that were affected from 1984 to early 1990s during the Sikh freedom movement. Bhai Papalpreet Singh is also active in media initiatives. In addition to organizing seminars, conferences on Panthik issues, he releases a monthly magazine ‘Dharam Yudh’.

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