1984 anti-Sikh riots: Delhi HC dismisses Congress leader Sajjan Kumar’s plea to change bench

The CBI had moved the high court challenging the acquittal of Kumar in a case relating to killing of five Sikhs.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published:November 4, 2016 3:35 pm
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The Delhi High Court on Friday dismissed Congress leader Sajjan Kumar’s plea to transfer the hearing of his 1984 anti-Sikh riots case to another bench alleging bias by a judge. The case was transferred from Karkardooma court to Patiala House court by the high court which had directed the district judge to video record the proceedings at the cost of the accused.

The CBI had moved the high court challenging the acquittal of Kumar in a case relating to killing of five Sikhs —Kehar Singh, Gurpreet Singh, Raghuvender Singh, Narender Pal Singh and Kuldeep Singh, all belonging to the same family — by a mob in Delhi Cantonment’s Raj Nagar area during the riots.

While acquitting Kumar, the trial court in 2013 had held five others guilty and awarded varying jail terms to them for being part of the mob that killed the Sikhs. CBI special prosecutor Senior Advocate R S Cheema informed the court that the FIR in this particular case was registered only in 2005, therefore, the matter was still pending.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Aam Aadmi Party wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to reopen cases related to 1984 anti-Sikh riots and be investigated by the SIT set up by the Centre on February 12 last year.