’84 riots: court dismisses plea against minority panel member

The Delhi High Court on Friday dismissed a petition seeking criminal prosecution against Minority Commission member Harcharan Singh Josh for allegedly instigating mobs during the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:March 14, 2009 1:42 am

‘It would serve public interest if matter is not revisited’

The Delhi High Court on Friday dismissed a petition seeking criminal prosecution against Minority Commission member Harcharan Singh Josh for allegedly instigating mobs during the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

The petition was filed by a widow whose son was killed in rioting in the Sabzi Mandi area of Delhi. She had challenged a trial court order discharging Josh. The court had accepted a government application for withdrawal of the case against Josh in 2005.

Justice Aruna Suresh upheld the findings of the trial judge and said,“The trial court rightly observed that the permission sought by the public prosecutor did not seem to be malafide and would serve the public interest by not agitating the matter and reopening wounds that have healed with the lapse of time,may be leaving behind a scar.”

“Now dust has started settling on the riots of 1984. Keeping in mind a lapse of time of about 24 years,the trial court was fully convinced that it was in the interest of the public at large not to raise the storm again as it was important to create harmony between the two sections of society,” the court observed.

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