Update on Jagtar Sing Johal case 171117


London – 17 November 2017

Jagtar Singh Johal has just appeared in court in Punjab. He has been taken out of Indian police custody that will hopefully stop the physical torture.
The court has sent into judicial custody and he has been sent to jail until 30 November when he will reappear in court. The mental torture however continues for this young man who went to India to get married.

He did briefly meet with his in laws and a representative of the British High Commission who attended following considerable pressure from the British Sikh community and politicians in the UK.

However, when his two lawyers and the British High Commission representative handed their business cards to Jagtar these were taken away from him. When his family handed him clothes the authorities prevented him from taking these.

His lawyers have applied for an independent medical examination to check on the severity of the physical torture. Bhai Amrik Singh, Chair of the Sikh Federation (UK) said:

“Hopefully the physical torture will now come to an end, but the mental torture of false imprisonment continues.” “Many are asking why Jagtar was not allowed the business cards for his two lawyers or for the British High Commission representative or allowed to accept clothes from his family.” “The Indian authorities clearly have much to hide and the British and Scottish governments must do much more to secure his release. We will be challenging the Foreign Secretary next Tuesday when he appears in the Commons to answer questions from MPs.”

ENDS Gurjeet Singh National Press Secretary Sikh Federation (UK)

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