1984 riots: HC notice to Sajjan Kumar on acquittal
New Delhi: The Delhi High Court today issued notice to Congress leader Sajjan Kumar on an appeal filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) challenging his acquittal in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case.
A division bench of Justice GS Sistani and Justice GP Mitttal sought a response from Sajjan Kumar by August 28. The trial court May 30 acquitted Sajjan Kumar in a case related to the killing of five people in Delhi Cantonment area during violence against the Sikhs following the assassination of then prime minister Indira Gandhi October 31, 1984.
Filing an appeal against the acquittal, the CBI said that the trial court "erred in acquitting Sajjan Kumar as it was he who had instigated the mob during the riots". The trial court acquitted Sajjan Kumar, a former Lok Sabha member from Outer Delhi, but convicted five others - former councillor Balwan Khokkar, former legislator Mahender Yadav, Kishan Khokkar, Girdhari Lal and Captain Bhagmal - for their involvement in the case.
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