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Court Frames Charges Against Sajjan Kumar In '84 Riots Case

A Delhi court on Friday  framed charges of murder and spreading enmity between two communities against Congress leader Sajjan Kumar in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case, saying there are sufficient grounds for presuming that the
PTI May 28, 2010 23:10 IST
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A Delhi court on Friday  framed charges of murder and spreading enmity between two communities against Congress leader Sajjan Kumar in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case, saying there are sufficient grounds for presuming that the violence was due to a "well-planned conspiracy".

Additional Sessions Judge Sunita Gupta ordered framing of charges against Kumar and five others under various sections of the IPC, finding prima facie evidence against them.

"There are sufficient grounds for presuming that violent incidents after October 31, 1984 in the following three days were the result of the well-planned conspiracy and provocative speeches made by accused Sajjan Kumar to the mob. 

"(Kumar) instigated the mob and other accused who were members of unlawful assembly resulting in robbing, burning properties and killing members of Sikh community including five deceased," the court said. The formal framing of charges would pave the way for beginning of the trial in the case with the court fixing July one as the date for recording statement of witnesses.

Besides Kumar, other accused in the case are Balwan Khokhar, Krishan Khokhar, Mahender Yadav, Captain Bhagmal and Girdhari Lal. All the accused pleaded not guilty to the charges and expressed their willingness to contest them by signing on the court order sheets. 

The court framed charges under Sections 120-B (conspiracy), 302 (murder), 395 (dacoity), 427 (mischief causing damage to property), 153A (promoting enmity between different communities), 436 (mischief by fire or explosives) and others under the IPC. The court had on May 15 ordered framing of charges for the offences, which carry maximum sentence of death penalty in case of conviction.

CBI had accused Kumar of provoking people against members of a particular community during the carnage that followed the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984, leading to the killing of five persons in Delhi Cantonment area. PTI