1984 anti-Sikh riot: Court resumes Sajjan`s trial

A Delhi court summoned a former police inspector to depose as defence witness.

New Delhi: Resuming the trial of a 1984
anti-Sikh riot case relating to killing of 6 persons in city
cantonment area by a mob allegedly at provocation of
Congress leader Sajjan Kumar, a Delhi court on Tuesday summoned a
former police inspector to depose as defence witness.

As the trial, stalled for the last two months due to
transfer of the judge holding it at Karkardooma court,
resumed, new District Judge-cum-Additional Sessions Judge J R
Aryan issued summons to former Inspector Maan Chand to appear
before it and scheduled the case for next hearing on January

Judge Aryan summoned Maan Chand allowing Sajjan Kumar`s
plea for his examination in his defence.
The trial in the case had been stalled since early
October when the previous judge trying the case, former North
East Delhi`s District-cum-Additional Sessions Judge Sunita
Gupta of Karkardooma Court complex was elevated as Delhi`s
district judge and transferred to Tis Hazari court complex.

In the past three hearings, the case was merely getting
adjourned as a new judge was not appointed to fill the
Counsel Anil Sharma, appearing for Sajjan Kumar and other
five co-accused in the case, moved the court for issuing
summons to Maan Chand, who had worked for Delhi Police`s Riot
Cell, specifically set up to probe the riot cases in the wake
of the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi
on October 31, 1984.


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