1984 riots: Delhi court orders framing of murder, rioting charges against Sajjan Kumar

Cong ex-leader already serving life term in another case

1984 riots: Delhi court orders framing of murder, rioting charges against Sajjan Kumar

Sajjan Kumar in Delhi. - File photo

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 7

A Delhi court has ordered framing of murder and rioting charges against former Delhi Congress leader Sajjan Kumar in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case.

Special Judge MK Nagpal said, “…this court is of the considered opinion that a prima facie case is made out against the accused for framing of charge against him for commission of offences punishable under Sections 147, 148 and 149 of the IPC (rioting) as well as the offences punishable under Sections 302, 308, 323, 395, 397, 427, 436, 440 (murder, culpable homicide not amounting to murder and other offences) read with Section 149 of the IPC. Charges are accordingly directed to be framed against him for the said offences.”

‘Led the mob’

There is sufficient material on record to prima facie show that Kumar was not only a part of the mob, but was also leading it. — MK Nagpal, Special Judge

There was sufficient material on record to prima facie show that Kumar was not only a part of the mob, but he was also leading it, the judge said in his December 4 order.

The court is likely to formally frame charges against him on December 16 when he will be asked if he would like to plead guilty or claim trial.

The judge, however, discharged him of the charges of attempt to murder and destruction of evidence for want of “sufficient or prima facie material”.

The case relates to the killing of S Jaswant Singh and his son S Tarun Deep Singh of Raj Nagar in West Delhi on November 1, 1984, allegedly by a mob led by Kumar. An FIR was registered in 1985 on the basis of an affidavit of the complainant, whose identity was not revealed. An SIT set up by the MHA in 2015 to reinvestigate the 1984 anti-Sikh riots cases had closed 233 of the 292 cases it examined. The complainant had recorded her statement on November 23, 2016, before the SIT. This is one of the five cases in which the SIT has filed chargesheets.

Kumar (75) is already serving a life sentence in another case relating to anti-Sikh riots. He has been in jail since December 31, 2018, when he surrendered – 14 days after being convicted and awarded life imprisonment by the Delhi High Court. The case in which he is in jail relates to the killing of five Sikhs in Delhi Cantonment’s Raj Nagar Part-I area of southwest Delhi on November 1-2 in 1984, and burning down of a gurdwara in Raj Nagar Part-II.

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