1984 anti-Sikh riots: Hearing adjourned in case against Sajjan Kumar till January 22

New Delhi | The Patiala House Court on Thursday adjourned the hearing of a case against former Congress leader Sajjan Kumar in the anti-Sikh riots till January 22.

The hearing was adjourned after Sajjan Kumar’s main counsel Anil Sharma didn’t appear before Patiala House Court for the cross-examination of witnesses in the case. Acting upon on the recommendation of Nanavati Commission, the Central Beaureu of Investigation (CBI) had registered the 2nd case against Sajjan Kumar and other accused.

Earlier the Delhi High Court on 17 December convicted Congress leader Sajjan Kumar in a 1984 anti-Sikh riot case. The Delhi High Court had sentenced Sajjan Kumar to life imprisonment and ordered the former Congress leader to surrender by 31st December 2018. The Court had reversed the judgement of the trial court which acquitted Kumar earlier. Along with Sajjan Kumar, Captain Bhagmal, Girdhari Lal and former Congress councilor Balwan Khokhar have been sentenced to life imprisonment. Kishan Khokkar and former legislator Mahender Yadav have been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Sajjan Kumar is convicted in the 1984 Anti Sikh riot which was ignited after the assassination of Former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by her bodyguards. Around 2800 people belonging to the Sikh community were killed in India during the anti-Sikh riots. The Delhi High Court earlier on 14 August 2018 started hearing appeals filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and victims against Sajjan Kumar acquittal in the Anti Sikh Riots of 1984in Delhi.

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