A Sessions court on Thursday acquitted five persons in a 1984 anti-Sikh riot case. The five were charged with rioting,arson and attempt to murder.
Additional Sessions Judge Gurvinder Pal Singh gave them the benefit of doubt after noting irregularities in the versions of events given by the complainants.
The prosecution had argued that the complainants could not be expected to remember events in detail,but the court ruled that the discrepancies could not be discounted.
True that human memories are apt to blur with the passage of time,there may be minor discrepancies/errors of observation. Yet,in absence of corroboration from independent source,the testimonies of injured/victim witnesses are to be scrutinised with utmost care,caution and circumspection, the judge said.
The case was based on an affidavit filed by one Hardayal Singh in 1985 before the Justice Jain and Aggarwal Committee,which was looking into the riots cases. A case was registered against 11 people,of whom six died during pendency of the trial.
In his complaint,Singh said the 11 were part of a mob that had attacked him and his family at their home in Hari Nagar in November 1984 following the assassination of Indira Gandhi.