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HC denies bail to 1984 Sikh riots convict

A bench of Justices Sanjiv Khanna and Ashutosh Kumar refused bail to Girdhari Lal.

1984 anti-sikh riots (Source: Express Archives photo)
1984 anti-sikh riots (Source: Express Archives photo)

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday dismissed the bail plea of one of the three convicts serving a life term in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case.

A bench of Justices Sanjiv Khanna and Ashutosh Kumar refused bail to Girdhari Lal.

He was held guilty along with two others for the murder of five members of a family in Raj Nagar area of Delhi Cantonment on November 1, 1984.

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“We have to deal with the appeals related to death of five persons. So we need to go through the evidence thoroughly. We will not give bail at this stage,” it said.

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The observation came while hearing the bail pleas of Lal and ex-councillor Balwan Khokar.

The court, meanwhile, posted the hearing on Khokar’s bail plea for April 22 after it was informed by the convict’s counsel that his client fell in the jail on Sunday (April 12) and broke his hand.

“He (Khokar) is 54 per cent disabled and… he cannot take care of himself and requires help,” the counsel said.
“Tihar Jail medical superintendent is directed to submit a report on whether any incident had occurred on that day.

He will also give a medical report,” the court said.

The trial court had acquitted Congress leader Sajjan Kumar in the case but awarded life term to retired naval officer Captain Bhagmal, Khokhar and Lal.