The prime minister at the time was Theresa May. Gurpreet Johal, however, had said The quintet during an interview that “in April 2018, then-Prime Minister Theresa May raised Jagtar’s case with Prime Minister Modi when the latter was in the UK in what was a high-level communication from a prime minister to a prime minister”.
“The least we can expect from our government is not to share intelligence that leads to us being detained and tortured abroad. We are talking about a British blogger who UN experts say has been targeted for speaking out against abuses against the Sikh community in India – the UK government must finally bring him home,” Foa added.
Jagtar’s case has been raised by the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, which says he was detained “arbitrarily”.
The panel argued that “Johal’s continued remand has no legal basis and is arbitrary” and that there is “no judicially admissible evidence against Johal, although intelligence agencies have more than three years to investigate.
The Indian government has alleged its role in the targeted killings of people affiliated with the RSS from April 2016 to October 2017.
He said Johal’s arrest and detention was based on “sufficient evidence to prosecute”.
On November 4, 2017, Jagtar Johal was shopping with his wife and cousin. They were traveling by car in Jalandhar when she was intercepted and stopped on a busy road. He was taken out of the car, hooded, then taken away, according to his brother, Gurpreet Johal.
Jagtar Johal’s first court appearance, according to his brother, was on November 14, 2017. It was then that he told his lawyer “about the third-degree torture he suffered in police custody”. .
Click here to learn more about Jagtar Johal and where his case stands, in The quintetInterview with Gurpreet Johal.
Almost two months ago, for the first time in this case, outgoing British Prime Minister Boris Johnson acknowledged that Jagtar Johal’s detention in India was “arbitrary”.
The acknowledgment came in a letter to Leader of the Opposition Sir Kier Starmer. You can read more about it here.
During his interview with The quintetwhen asked how often he speaks to his brother, Gurpreet Johal replied: “In the past four years, I have received seven phone calls from him, that’s all. The first call lasted about 30 seconds I had two of the video link meetings with him as well, the first one was nine months ago and the other two or three months ago but then it focused on the woman of Jagtar and my children talking to him.
“We are at the mercy of the Indian state.”