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`84 riots: Delhi HC refuses urgent hearing to Sajjan`s plea

Last Updated: Tuesday, February 16, 2010 - 18:02

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court today
refused to give early hearing to Congress leader Sajjan
Kumar`s plea for anticipatory bail in 1984 anti-Sikh riots
cases.

Kumar, who is facing the threat of arrest for his
alleged involvement in the cases, approached the Delhi High
Court pleading that his plea for anticipatory bail should be
urgently heard in view of tomorrow`s proceeding in the trial
court which has sought his personal presence.
A Bench headed by acting Chief Justice M B Lokur,
however, turned down his plea and said his petition would be
taken up in normal course.

64-year-old Kumar, a former MP from Outer Delhi, moved
the High Court after a lower court had yesterday refused to
grant him anticipatory bail saying the allegations against him
on "face value" do not appear to be completely false.

Filing the petition through advocate Anil Kumar Sharma,
Kumar pleaded the lower court had wrongly rejected his plea.

The lower court, in its 38-page order, had said no
exceptional reasons have been brought forth which may entitle
the accused for the grant of anticipatory bail.

Though the veracity of allegations was the "subject
matter of the trial", the findings suggested there was some
substance in them, it said.

The lower court held the provision to get anticipatory
bail was "neither a passport to the commission of crimes nor a
shield against any and all kinds of accusations likely or
unlikely."
CBI had chargesheeted 13 people, including Kumar, on
January 13 in two separate 1984 riots cases for allegedly
making provocative speeches, leading to the killing of 12
persons in the violence that broke out following the
assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

The probe agency had filed the chargesheets in the
court after concluding its investigation into the cases
registered on the recommendation of Nanavati Commission in
2005.

PTI

First Published: Tuesday, February 16, 2010 - 18:02

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