1984 anti-Sikh riots case: Delhi HC convicts Sajjan Kumar, sentenced to life imprisonment


In the case of 1984 anti-Sikh riots, the Delhi High Court on Monday sentenced the Congress leader and former MP Sajjan Kumar to life imprisonment. They have ordered to surrender till December 31. The gentleman was found guilty of criminal conspiracy and rioting. The lower court had acquitted him on April 30, 2013.


Apart from the gentleman, the High Court has upheld the conviction of three other convicts – Captain Bhagmal, Girdhari Lal and the life imprisonment of Congress MP Balwan Khokhar. The rest of the two convicts – from past three years, extended the sentence of former legislator Mahendra Yadav and Kishan Khokhar from three years to 10 years.


‘Battle to continue till death penalty’

The prosecution counsel HS Phoolka and Akali leader Manjinder Singh Sirsa welcomed the decision of the court. However, he said that his war will continue till the gentleman and Jagdish Tytler gets death sentence They will also carry the Gandhi family to jail.


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’37 years after partition, Delhi saw such tragedy’

Judge Justice S. Murlidhar and Justice Vinod Goel said, “Many people were massacred at the time of partition in 1947. After 37 years, Delhi was witness to such tragedy. The accused escaped from the hearing by taking advantage of political conservation. ”


The witness had identified the gentleman

In the Patiala House Court last month, a witness of the case, Cham Kaur, identified the gentleman. Cham said that the gentleman present at the spot told the rioters present there that the Sikhs had killed our mother (Indira Gandhi), so do not leave them. Later, the crowd came in a provocation and killed my son and father.


5 convicted in the killing of Sikhs

After the assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1984, anti-Sikh riots spread across the country. During this period, five Sikhs – Kehar Singh, Gurpreet Singh, Raghuvinder Singh, Narendra Pal Singh and Kuldeep Singh – were killed in Rajnagar of Delhi Cantt. In this case, Kehar Singh’s widow and Gurpreet Singh’s mother Jagdish Kaur lodged the complaint. Based on the complaint of the victim’s family and the recommendation of Justice GT Nanavati Commission, the CBI registered FIR against all the six accused in 2005. The charge sheet was filed on January 13, 2010.

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