Court order likely today in 1984 riots case against Sajjan Kumar

The Delhi High Court has deferred its order in a plea filed by Kumar.

Written by Aneesha Mathur | New Delhi | Published: April 30, 2013 2:29:32 am

The court of district and sessions judge J R Aryan is scheduled to pronounce its judgment on Tuesday in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case in which Congress leader Sajjan Kumar and five others are accused.

A former MP,Kumar is facing trial along with Balwan Khokkar,Kishan Khokkar,Mahender Yadav,Girdhari Lal and Captain Bhagmal for allegedly conspiring and inciting a mob against the Sikh community in the Delhi Cantonment area.

Meanwhile,the Delhi High Court has deferred its order in a plea filed by Kumar against charges framed by another trial court.

Justice Suresh Kait,who was scheduled to pronounce the verdict on Monday,said: “While dictating the judgment,I felt this matter should be heard further.”

Justice Kait has fixed May 15 as the date for further hearing. The judgment had been reserved by the High Court last December.

The case relates to the murder of Surjit Singh in Sultanpuri during the anti-Sikh riots that broke out after the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on October 31,1984. Six men were killed in the Sultanpuri area,according to the FIR registered in this case.

In July 2010,a trial court had framed charges against Sajjan Kumar,Brahmanand Gupta,Peru,Khushal Singh and Ved Prakash in connection with the case. Besides charges of murder and rioting,the court had also framed charges for the offence of spreading enmity between two communities against the accused.

The CBI had filed two charge sheets against Kumar and others in January 2010 in the cases registered in 2005 on the recommendation of Justice G T Nanavati Commission which probed the sequence of events leading to the riots.

Kumar as well as co-accused Ved Prakash and Brahmanand Gupta had approached the High Court against the framing of charges,claiming that the accused had already been tried,and the complainant Jogender Singh had been examined but had not identified any of the accused.

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