Patiala: Balwant Singh Rajoana, a convict on death row for the assassination of former Punjab chief minister Beant Singh, was on Saturday sentenced to two-and-half-year jail in an 18-year-old Arms Act case.
Additional District Judge Deepika awarded Rajoana two-and-a-half-year jail and also imposed Rs 1,000 fine as fine in case registered here on December 25, 1995 under the Arms Act.
The then inspector of Sadar police station DS Malli had arrested Rajoana and recovered a pistol along with four cartridges from him, as per FIR.
Rajoana was produced in the Court and after pronouncing the sentence, he told media persons, "I was blessed by the almighty."
He also raised slogans of `Khalistan Zindabad`.
Rajona was also facing sentence of 10-year in an Explosive Act case.
Rajoana is also facing death sentence for assassination of former Punjab CM Beant Singh and his execution was scheduled for March 31, 2012.
On March 28, 2012, the Union Home Ministry stayed his execution following clemency appeals filed by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee.