Judge trying Sajjan in 1984 riot case promoted

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.

PTI



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

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