NEW DELHI, India: The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed an appeal by a Sikh sentenced to death for the 1984 assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

A panel of three judges said it found “no merit to entertain the petition” of Kehar Singh, one of two Sikhs sentenced to death by hanging for the 1984 murder of Gandhi.

Kehar Sngh’s lawyer, Ram Jethmalani, had said there was no evidence linking his client who was convicted in January 1986 on charges of conspiracy with the Prime Minister’s assassination.

Pratap Singh, a Sikh Doctor, said in the appeal that he opposed Kehar Singh’s conviction because no autopsy was performed on Gandhi.

Gandhi was shot and killed in the garden of her New Delhi home on Oct 31, 1984, by two of her Sikh bodyguards, Satwant Singh and Beant Singh.

Security guards fired at the two after they surrendered to them and killed Beant Singh in the Guard room,

Article extracted from this publication >> October 21, 1988