1984 Sikh Massacre

1984 Sikh Massacre: SC Takes SIT On Record

Senior Advocate HS Phoolka on Thursday apprised the Supreme Court about the sham trial that has taken place in the 1984 cases.

Senior Advocate HS Phoolka cited the SIT report which was filed on November 29, 2019. According to the SIT report, in FIR No 433/84 PS Kalyanpuri, while police after clubbing various cases sent a challan in respect of the murder of 56 persons, the trial court framed charges only in respect of the killing of 5 persons and no change was framed in respect of remaining murders.
The report stated that witnesses appeared before the court and gave evidence about the killings of their nears and dears but since no charge was framed in respect of the rest of the murderers/accused persons, the testimony of witnesses went waste and nobody was punished.

The report also stated that it is not known why charges were framed only for 5 murders and not 56 murders and why the trial court did not order a separation of the trial for each incident of crime.

According to the report, it is also seen from the perusal of judgments found in these files that when the witness stated in the court that she had seen the incident and could identify the culprits, the public prosecutor did not even ask her to identify the rioters out of several accused persons present in the court.

A bench of Justices AS Bopanna and PS Narasimha took the report of the Special Investigation Team on record and adjourned the hearing for two weeks. The court also asked Senior Advocate HS Phoolka to file a note.

The court was hearing Petitioner S Gurlad Singh Kahlon, who had sought the court’s direction for setting up of the SIT to ensure speedy justice for the riot victims. (ANI)

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— Bar & Bench (@barandbench) December 17, 2018 The conviction of five others – former Congress councillor Balwan Khokhar, retired naval officer Captain Bhagmal, Girdhari Lal, former MLAs Mahender Yadav and Kishan Khokhar – were also upheld by the high court. The high court was hearing the appeals filed by the CBI, riots victims and the convicts, challenging a trial court’s judgement in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case in which Kumar was acquitted The high court had on March 29 last year issued show cause notices to 11 accused, including Khokhar and Yadav, in five 1984 anti-Sikh riots cases which were earlier closed The riots broke out after the assassination of prime minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards on October 31, 1984. (PTI)]]>

Sikh Rights Body welcomes 1984 Riot verdict

Punjab Police officers who were also recently sentenced for extrajudicial executions, SHR stated that “this gives the relatives of many other victims hope that the judicial system and the State may finally deliver justice for the indiscriminate killings of thousands of innocent Sikh youth in Punjab in what were notoriously termed ‘fake encounters’”. Hoping for “more substantive progress” under the Modi government, SHR listed out its other grievances: that India has not released any major Sikh detainee, there hasn’t been any government initiative or dialogue over reinstating the international engagement of Sri Akal Takht Sahib and Sri Harimandar Sahib and that “black lists of Sikhs are still in place in some countries”.]]>