Petition filed to send Sarabjit Singh to UK for better treatment

Sarabjit SinghSarabjit Singh (AP)

A Pakistani lawyer today sought court's intervention to send Indian national Sarabjit Singh, comatose in a Lahore hospital after a brutal assault, to Britain for better medical treatment.

Barrister Zafarullah filed a petition in the Lahore Registry of the Supreme Court asking it to direct authorities to send Sarabjit Singh to Britain for treatment.

He also asked the court to free Sarabjit Singh and another 120 death row prisoners as they had been held in prison for a period equivalent to a life sentence.

Zafarullah contended that Sarabjit Singh's condition was very critical and he should be provided with the best medical facilities in Britain.

"The condemned prisoners who have completed the period of a life sentence should be set free and the court should issue an order in this regard," he said.

Another lawyer, Sarfraz Husain, too filed a petition in the Lahore Registry of the apex court, requesting it to send Sarabjit Singh abroad with a medical board of Pakistani and Indian doctors.

He said Sarabjit Singh's case should be referred to the Federal Investigation Agency for an inquiry.

All prison officials and prisoners involved in the incident should be brought to justice without any discrimination, he said.

Husain also urged the apex court to set aside Sarabjit Singh's death sentence and order his repatriation to India.

It could not immediately be ascertained when the petitions would be taken up by the apex court.

Sarabjit Singh, 49, sustained several injuries, including a skull fracture, when six prisoners attacked him in Kot Lakhpat Jail on Friday afternoon.

He was hit on the head with bricks and cut with sharp weapons.

He is in a deep coma and on ventilator support in an intensive care unit of Jinnah Hospital.

He was convicted of alleged involvement in a string of bomb attacks in Punjab province that killed 14 people in 1990.

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