Hashimpura case: Swamy`s plea against Chidambaram dismissed

Last Updated: Friday, March 8, 2013 - 16:22

New Delhi: A Delhi court on Friday dismissed Janata Party President Subramanian Swamy`s plea for investigation to ascertain the alleged role of Finance Minister P Chidambaram in the 1987 Hashimpura massacre in Uttar Pradesh.

Sixteen PAC personnel are facing trial for allegedly killing 42 persons in Hashimpura area of UP`s Meerut district.

Additional Sessions Judge Rakesh Siddhartha dismissed Swamy`s plea claiming that these PAC personnel had merely executed the orders of a senior person and the alleged role of Chidambaram, who was the Union Minister of State for Internal Security between 1986 and 1989, should be probed.

Special Public Prosecutor Satish Tamta had opposed the application during earlier hearings, saying there was no ground for making any such allegations.

Rebecca John, counsel for the victims of Hashimpura massacre, had also opposed Swamy`s plea, contending that the allegations levelled by him were nothing beyond insinuations.

The victims had also told the court that they had waited so long for justice and any plea for further probe would cause more delay.

The Supreme Court had transferred the case to Delhi in September 2002 following a petition by the families of the massacre victims and survivors.

A sessions court here in July 2006 had framed charges of murder, attempt to murder, tampering with evidence and conspiracy against all the accused. Three accused PAC personnel have died during the trial.

PTI



First Published: Friday, March 8, 2013 - 16:22

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