Former Radio India director Maninder Gill, who shot community rival Harjit Atwal at a wedding at a Surrey Gurdwara in 2010, was convicted of aggravated assault. Sentencing was again delayed as Gill's lawyer wants minimum sentence in shooting. "He's been part of this community for nearly 40 years now," says lawyer Tony Paisana. "I recovered from my injury so I'm feeling good now. We wait and see what [the] court decides," victim Atwal told CBC.
SURREY – Punjabi media man Maninder Gill will know just how many years he will be spending behind bars in mid July as the Crown told the Supreme Court on Monday that it is seeking a six-to-eight year prison sentence for Gill, the former managing director of Radio India in Surrey B.C., who was convicted of aggravated assault for 2010 shooting.
Fifty-three-year-old Gill, who shot community rival Harjit Atwal at a wedding at a Surrey Gurdwara, injuring him outside a Sikh temple in Surrey Aug. 28, 2010 after an on-going feud stemming from Gill's Radio India hosts making inflammatory comments about Atwal and his family culminated in violence.
Gill shot Surrey businessman Atwal in the leg at a wedding at the Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara.
"I recovered from my injury so I'm feeling good now. We wait and see what [the] court decides," Atwal told CBC News.
Before the shooting Atwal had filed a civil suit against Gill and Radio India alleging damages from defamatory statements broadcast about Atwal.
"Mr. Gill has quite an exemplary background. He's been part of this community for nearly 40 years now, " said Gill's lawyer Tony Paisana.
Gill had initially retained top criminal lawyer Richard Peck but he was unsuccessful in getting Gill off the charges. With Paisana taking over, it is not known whether Peck has moved on from the case.
A month after the shooting Gill asked for police protection after shots were fired into the living room of his home.
Paisana argued that his client should get the minimum sentence of four years.
"Mr. Gill has quite an exemplary background. He's been part of this community for nearly 40 years now. And, his contributions to this community have been quite remarkable over the years helping individuals."
On Monday, B.C. Supreme Court scheduled sentencing for Gill in July 14.
In March, B.C. Supreme Court justice Kenneth Ball found Gill guilty on five of six charges, including aggravated assault and discharging a firearm with intent to wound or disfigure Atwal.
Gill, who was a well-known broadcaster in Surrey's Punjabi community, was acquitted of shooting at another man.
An employee with Radio India told CBC News he has no involvement with the current station of the same name, which operates online.
In 2013, former NDP MP Jinny Sims awarded Gill a Queen's Diamond Jubilee medal but the NDP was forced to withdraw the medal.