1984 anti-Sikh riots: HC reserves judgement on Sajjan Kumar
Posted on: 06:18 PM IST May 24, 2013
New Delhi: In the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case, the Delhi High Court on Friday reserved the judgment on Congress leader Sajjan Kumar in the Sultanpuri case. The court heard the arguments of both sides. Riot victims' lawyer HS Phoolka argued that criminal conspiracy be also added to the existing charges.
Earlier in May, the Congress leader was acquitted of all charges in another case related to the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. District and Sessions Judge JR Aryan acquitted Sajjan while convicting five others - Balwan Khokkar, an ex-councillor, Mahender Yadav, an ex-MLA, Kishan Khokkar, Girdhari Lal and Captain Bhagmal - for their involvement in the case.
Sajjan, a former Lok Sabha MP from Outer Delhi, still faces trial in another 1984 rioting case. In a third case, Delhi Police has filed a closure report, saying there was no evidence against Kumar to implicate him.
The case relates to anti-Sikh riots that had broken out after the assassination of Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984. Gandhi was shot dead by two of her bodyguards at her residence in New Delhi.
The case, in which these five persons were held guilty, deals with the death of five Sikhs - Kehar Singh, Gurpreet Singh, Raghuvender Singh, Narender Pal Singh and Kuldeep Singh - who were members of the same family and were killed by the mob in Delhi Cantonment's Raj Nagar area.
With Additional Inputs from PTI