1984 riots: No relief for Sajjan Kumar from Delhi High Court

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 - 10:59

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday dismissed Congress leader Sajjan Kumar`s plea challenging framing of murder and rioting charges against him in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case relating to the killing of six people in Sultanpuri area here.

Justice Suresh Kait had reserved the order after hearing all the parties in the case. The court, which was to pronounce its order on April 29, had deferred it saying further hearing is required in the case.

Sajjan Kumar contested the trial court order, which in July 2010 framed charges against five accused, including him, for the murder of six people after the assassination of then prime minister Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984.

The Congress leader, Brahmanand Gupta, Peru, Khushal Singh and Ved Prakash Pial were charged with rioting, murder and destruction of property amongst others.

Sajjan Kumar and two other co-accused, Pial alias Vedu Pradhan and Gupta, had moved the Delhi High Court in 2010.

The High Court today also dismissed riot victim Sheela Kaur`s plea to frame
conspiracy charge against Sajjan Kumar and four others in the case.

Complainant Sheela Kaur had filed a cross-appeal in the HC seeking to invoke the charges of criminal conspiracy against Sajjan Kumar and the others. She had also opposed the plea to drop charges against Sajjan Kumar.

A Karkardooma court had acquitted Sajjan Kumar for killing five people in the Delhi Cantonment area during the riots.

(With agency inputs)

First Published: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 - 08:28

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