Hearing in Sajjan case adjourned

1984 riots HC calls for written submission after addition of criminal conspiracy charge sought.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: May 16, 2013 1:10:32 am

1984 riots HC calls for written submission after addition of criminal conspiracy charge sought.

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday adjourned a hearing in a case related to allegations of Congress leader Sajjan Kumar’s alleged involvement a case arising out of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots in Sultanpuri,New Delhi.

The court of Justice Suresh Kait adjourned the hearing and asked the counsel for victims of the riots to file his submissions in a plea filed by Sheela Kaur,the widow of one of the men killed during the riots. Kaur had filed a cross appeal in the court,seeking that the charge of criminal conspiracy be added against Sajjan and the other accused in the case.

In July 2010,a trial court had framed charges against Kumar,Brahmanand Gupta,Peru,Khushal Singh and Ved Prakash in connection with the case,in which six persons were killed in Sultanpuri in anti-Sikhs riots that erupted in Delhi and elsewhere after the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on October 31,1984.

Apart from charges of murder and rioting,the court had also framed charges for the offence of spreading enmity between two communities against the accused.

Kumar had challenged the trial court order framing charges and the court,which was earlier expected to pass an order on April 29,had deferred the order and asked for further clarifications in the matter. The April order was not the first time that the court has delayed passing judgment in the matter,as it had previously reserved judgment in December last year,and then asked the parties to submit further clarifications on the point of the law of double jeopardy,which states that a person cannot be tried for the same offence on the same set of facts twice.

The court will now hear the matter on May 24.

On April 30,Congress leader Sajjan Kumar was acquitted of all charges in a case related to the killing of five men in Delhi Cantonment during the 1984 anti-Sikh riots that broke out after the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

Five others named as accused with Sajjan Kumar were convicted – three for murder and rioting and two for rioting. The acquittal of Kumar led to protests from families of the victims.

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