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Badungar to meet PM on Sajjan’s acquittal 
Our Correspondent

Amritsar, December 24
Expressing deep concern over the acquittal of Congress leader Sajjan Kumar and others in the 1984 anti-Sikh riot cases by the Additional Court of Sessions Judge in Delhi yesterday, Prof Kirpal Singh Badungar, President, SGPC, today said he would approach the higher court and would also meet Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and Home Minister in this regard. He would also meet members of the DSGPC in this regard, he added.

Addressing a press conference here today, Mr Badungar said it was discrimination against the Sikh masses. He said after 18 years of riots the agencies failed to present the case. He said the judgement had hurt the Sikh masses. He said while the accused of the Parliament attack had been awarded with the death penalty, the alleged accused of riots had been acquitted due to alleged failure of prosecution to present the case. Prof Badungar said the state government should ban the Divya Jyoti Jagran Sansthan.

Answering queries of the newsmen regarding the summoning of Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh before Akal Takht, Prof Badungar said the SGPC felt that the ‘maryada’ had been violated and the police had entered the Golden Temple complex. He said a resolution had been passed in the SGPC general house meeting and sent to Akal Takht.

On the Shiromani Khalsa Panchayat ultimatum to hold dharna for not fulfilling their demands regarding corruption charges against Sikh priests, he said such things should be settled with negotiation and cooperation.

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