Monday, November 29, 1999

Framing of charges against Sajjan Kumar May 18

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New Delhi, May 15 (IANS) A city court Saturday ordered framing of charges against Congress leader Sajjan Kumar in a case of murder and instigating a mob which allegedly killed five people during the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.Additional Sessions Judge Sunita Gupta allowed the plea of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which is investigating the case, seeking prosecution of Sajjan Kumar under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).According to the CBI, the Congress leader Nov 1, 1984 instigated a mob to kill Sikhs following the assassination of then prime minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards. The five other accused - Balwan Khokhar, Mahender Yadav, Capt Bhagmal, Girdhari Lal, Krishna Khokhar - were charged with leading the mob and killing Sikhs.The CBI filed a chargesheet against Sajjan Kumar and others in two cases for allegedly instigating mobs during the riots, in which more than 3,000 Sikhs were killed across Delhi.The court said that the charges under Sections 302 (murder), 395 (dacoity), 427 (mischief to property and trespass) and 153A (promoting enmity between different communities) will be formally framed May 18.The trial will begin after the framing of charges. The Delhi High Court had earlier ordered completion of trials relating to the 1984 riots within six months.

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