Judge trying Sajjan in 1984 riot case promoted
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Last Updated: Wednesday, October 19, 2011, 19:33
New Delhi: The trial of Congress leader Sajjan Kumar and others for their alleged roles in a 1984 anti-Sikh riot case was deferred Wednesday to next month as the judge conducting the trial has been elevated as District Judge.

Sunita Gupta, who was conducting the trial earlier as District Judge-cum-Additional Sessions Judge (East), has been elevated as District Judge-I. This has led to rescheduling of the case to November 11 as a new judge is yet to take over.

Kumar, along with five others, is facing trial for allegedly instigating a mob which killed six persons in Delhi Cantonment area during the riots in the wake of the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

On the last hearing in the case on October 10, Delhi Police Inspector Sunil Kumar Vashisth had defended Kumar saying one of the complainants Jagdish Kaur had declined to join the probe.

Appearing before the court as a defence witness, he had told the court that Kaur had refused to identify any of the accused before various inquiry commissions set up in the matter and also wanted no action against them.

Kumar is facing trial along with Balwan Khokkar, Kishan Khokkar, Mahender Yadav, Girdhari Lal and Captain Bhagmal for allegedly inciting mobs against the Sikh community and killing six of them in Delhi Cantonment during the riots.

The case against Kumar was registered in 2005 on a recommendation by Justice G T Nanavati Commission. CBI had filed two charge sheets against him and others in January last year.


First Published: Wednesday, October 19, 2011, 19:33

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