“Shangara is a genuine and sincere person."
A convicted wife killer who was deported to India after serving his murder sentence has slammed the government for barring him from visiting his dying mother.
Shangara Singh’s legal firm Cameron Clarke Lawyers have now written to Home Secretary Priti Patel in an attempt for him to attend his mother’s funeral following her death.
They have called the government’s refusal to allow Singh to visit 85-year-old Bhajan Kaur in her dying days cruel and inhumane.
Singh had served 15 years in prison for murder after he strangled his wife Harpvinder Kaur Uppal. He was deported to India afterwards and now runs a seed farm business.
The firm’s Jagdeesh Singh said his client was full of guilt.
Mr Singh said: “Shangara is a genuine and sincere person.
“He does not pose any dangers or risks to public society in the UK.
“The incident which led to him being imprisoned in 1997, concerning the murder of his wife, was wholly regrettable and has left a devastating impact on Shangara, his now grown-up children and their entire family life.
“Should Shangara and his family still be punished years on, even after he had completed his lengthy sentence?”
Singh’s family say the crime was committed in a fit of anger.
They added that it was out of character and he had been an “exemplary” prisoner.
His mother, Bhajan Kaur, of Handsworth, Birmingham, passed away on September 17, 2021.
Her funeral will take place on October 2, 2021, in West Bromwich.
In April 2021, Singh applied to spend 45 days in the UK with his mother. However, the request was denied.
The rejection letter said: “You state that you wish to visit your mother in the UK.
“You state that your mother is weak and fragile and has medical issues.
“I have considered whether these reasons are compelling factors as to why you should nevertheless be allowed entry to the UK.
“However, I am not satisfied that these outweigh my other concerns.”
In a statement, Cameron Clarke Lawyers said:
“As solicitors for the family, we had previously applied in April 2021, for Shangara Singh to come to the UK in order to see his ailing, rapidly-deteriorating mother.
“They had been apart for eight years, due to his deportation and due to her inability to travel abroad.”
“This was an application for a UK visitor’s visa for a period of 45 days in the UK, together with a connected application for his over-arching deportation order to be revoked.
“Once a deportation order is applied, it remains for life.
“The affected person has to make representations to the Home Secretary or a UK Entry Clearance Officer, with reasons as to why it should be withdrawn/revoked. It is a huge battle to get removed.
“On top of the 15 years, he already served in the UK, the enduring deportation order and the bar and separation it has imposed from him and the rest of his family who are all in the UK – his former parents, his two children, now adults, his second wife, his two sisters – has become a permanent and never-ending punishment.
“The wholesale separation from his family, children, siblings, wife and parents – while they survived – is horribly cruel. Shangara Singh has served his time in a UK prison.
“The immigration entry clearance application made in April 2021, was flatly and harshly rejected, with no recognisable consideration given to the humanitarian factors of the elderly, deteriorating mother in the refusal reasons.”
The statement added: “We have immediately written to Priti Patel MP, Home Secretary, to request that she grant Shangara Singh permission to come for four weeks to the UK to attend his mother’s funeral and join the family’s mourning process.
“Surely, this level of compassion and humanitarian allowance can be made?”
A Home Office spokesperson said:
“We only ever return those with no legal right to remain in the UK.
“Any foreign national who is convicted of a crime and given a prison sentence is considered for deportation at the earliest opportunity, and since January 2019, we have removed 8,441 foreign national offenders.”