British PM says India has arbitrarily detained Johal, raised issue with Modi

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has for the first time said that UK national Jagtar Singh Johal, alias Jaggi Johal, has been “arbitrarily detained” in a Delhi jail and that he had, during his India trip in April this year, “personally” raised the issue with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Johnson also said that the British officials have raised with the Indian government almost 100 times the issue of “Johal’s treatment and his right to a fair trial” since his detention in November 2017. The British PM made the disclosure in a letter to Keir Starmer, the Labour Party leader and Member of Parliament for Holborn and St Pancras, on June 21. Johal was arrested on November 4, 2017, from Jalandhar by the Punjab Police for his alleged role in targeted killings, including that of RSS leader Brigadier (retired) Jagdish Gagneja, reported between April 2016 to October 2017. He is yet to stand trial in any case and is currently lodged in Delhi’s Tihar jail. The National Investigation Agency (NIA) is probing eight cases against him. Ministers and officials of the Government have consistently raised the UK’s concerns directly with the Government of India about Mr Johal’s treatment and his right to a fair trial,” the letter stated.