1984 riots: Delhi HC convicts Sajjan Kumar

Congress leader Sajjan Kumar sentenced to imprisonment of life i.e. the remainder of his natural life by Delhi HC. @INCIndia @sajjankumar34 #1984SikhGenocide #SajjanConvicted #1984RiotsVerdict pic.twitter.com/EUVfYkCfTc

— 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”.]]>