1984 Sikh riots: Timeline of the Sajjan Kumar case
Congress leader Sajjan Kumar was acquitted for his role in the 1984 Sikh riots today, in a decision that stunned many of the victims families. This is a timeline of the case.
Congress leader Sajjan Kumar was acquitted for his role in the 1984 Sikh riots today, in a decision that stunned many of the victims families.
The case pertained to the murder of Kehar Singh and Gurpreet Singh, husband and son of main petitioner Jagdish Kaur as well as the murder of Raghuvender Singh, Narender Pal Singh and Kuldeep Singh, all three brothers of Jagsher Singh. These 5 murders took place on 1st and 2nd November, 1984.
This is a timeline of the case:
· The case was registered on the recommendation of Nanawati Commission on 24th October, 2005 by the CBI;
· Charge sheet was filed against Sajjan Kumar and 7 other accused on 1st February, 2010. The following are the accused:
1. A-1, Sajjan Kumar, the then sitting MP
2. A-2, Balwan Khokkar, ex-counselor
3. A-3, Mahender Yadav, ex-MLA
4. A-4, (Deceased), Late Maha Singh
5. A-5, Capt. Bagmal
6. A-6, (deceased), Late Santosh Rani
7. A-7, Girdhari Lal
8. A-8, Krishan Khokkar
· Presently, 6 accused are alive and facing the trial;
· The Hon’ble Delhi High Court vide order dated 8th February, 2010 appointed Special Public Prosecutor, Mr. R. S. Cheema, Sr. Advocate, to conduct the trial and directed day to day proceedings to be concluded within six months;
· Summons for appearance were issued by the Hon’ble Court to Sajjan Kumar and other accused on 1st February, 2010;
· Anticipatory bail of Sajjan Kumar was rejected by Additional Sessions Judge on 15th February, 2010;
· Non-bailable warrants were issued against Sajjan Kumar on 17th February, 2010;
· Sajjan Kumar remained underground; on 23rd February, 2010, the CBI informed the Court that Sajjan Kumar was underground and non-traceable;
· The Hon’ble Court on 23rd February, 2010 directed the Director of CBI to supervise the arrest of Sajjan Kumar;
· Anticipatory bail was granted by the Hon’ble High Court on 26th February, 2010;
· Charges were framed by the Court of Sunita Gupta, Additional Session Judge against Sajjan Kumar and others on 15th May, 2010 u/s 153A, 295, 302, 395, 427, 436, 339, 505 of IPC and also u/s 109 rwt 147, 148, 149, 153A, 295, 302, 395, 427, 435, 339, 505 IPC. And separate charge was framed against Sajjan Kumar u/s 153A;
· Prosecution evidence started on 1st July, 2010;
· The prosecution produced 17 witnesses;
· 3 witnesses Jagdish Kaur, Jagsher Singh and Nirpreet Kaur identified Sajjan Kumar in the Court and deposed against him;
· Prosecution evidence was concluded on 9th June, 2011;
· Defense evidence started on 1st August, 2011;
· Defense produced 17 witnesses, out of which 6 were police officers from Delhi Police who deposed in favour of Sajjan Kumar;
· Defense evidence was concluded on 9th January 2012;
· In April, 2012- Prosecution concluded its arguments;
· In January, 2013- Defense concluded its arguments.
· Judgment Reserved on 16th April, 2013.
· Judgment to be pronounced on 30th April 2013 at 2 PM.
The official figure of the total number of Sikhs killed in Delhi alone were 2733 during Nov.1984 riots. According to lists prepared by Human Right Groups this number stands at 4000. Number of killings throughout India 7000.
Only 10 murder cases resulted in conviction and 25 people given life imprisonment. Even taking the official figure of 2733, the rate of convictions is less than 1 percent.
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