SHIROMANI AKALI Dal patron and former Chief Minister of Punjab Parkash Singh Badal and SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal on Tuesday welcomed the judgement of a Delhi court sentencing one to death and sentencing another to life imprisonment for their role in 1984 anti-Sikh riots.
“This is the first strike in favour of justice and the judgement is proof of what a change in government at the centre can achieve in securing justice for thousands of innocent Sikhs as these cases had been closed by the previous Congress government at the centre and had been reopened only when the present Prime Minister Narendra Modi ordered these to be reopened at the behest of the SAD,” said senior Badal in a statement here.
The statement added that Badal and Sukhbir had urged the Prime Minister to get these cases reopened and reinvestigated and subsequently, the NDA govt ordered the setting up of an SIT which reinvestigated the entire sequence of events leading to the conviction and sentence today. “I hope this is just the stepping stone and this will lead to the delivery of justice to thousands of other innocent victims. For the first time, I see a hope that the long arm of law and justice will reach powerful people like Jagish Tytler and Sajjan Kumar,” said Badal.
Sukhbir Badal described the judgement “as the first really positive development in the past nearly 34 years and said that the Sikh community will feel some relief and confidence that they can get justice in this country.
He said that the Sikhs can now have some hope that men like Sajjan Kumar and Jagdish Tytler will not go scott-free. “I hope that this will open the gates for justice for thousands of others who had been denied justice because of the stonewalling tactics of the previous Congress governments at the centre,” said Sukhbir.
Terming the verdict as “historical”, Senior SAD leader and Lok Sabha Member of Parliament Prem Singh Chandumajra said the verdict had strengthened the belief of Sikh community and the entire countrymen in judicial system. Chandumajra said the witnesses, the lawyers and the entire Sikh community deserved applause
after the verdict.