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1984 riots case: Court to hear Sajjan Kumar`s plea today

Last Updated: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - 09:49

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: The Delhi High court will on Wednesday hear the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case.

The court will reportedly give an order on Congress leader Sajjan Kumar`s application seeking the quashing of charges in the case in which five people were killed in the Delhi Cantonment area.

A Delhi court had on April 30 acquitted Sajjan Kumar in a case related to the 1984 riots, contending that he deserved "benefit of doubt" since one of the victims and key witness Jagdish Kaur did not name him as an accused in her statement recorded by the Justice Ranganath Mishra panel in 1985.

District Judge JR Aryan had convicted the other five accused in the case, related to the killing of five people in the Delhi Cantonment area during violence against Sikhs following the assassination of then prime minister Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984.

The acquittal of Sajjan Kumar had evoked widespread protests from the Sikh community.

The case against Sajjan Kumar and others was registered in 2005 on a recommendation of the Justice GT Nanavati Commission which inquired into the riots.

(With Agency inputs)

First Published: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - 09:49
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