1984 riots: CBI moves HC against Sajjan’s acquittal

The CBI on Friday approached the Delhi High Court to file an appeal against the acquittal of Congress leader Sajjan Kumar in a case related to the killing of five Sikh men in the Delhi Cantonment area during the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

A Sessions court on April 30 had acquitted Sajjan Kumar of all charges in the case. District and Sessions Judge J R Aryan had held that Kumar was being given the "benefit of doubt" since "none of the complainants mentioned the name or presence of Sajjan Kumar in any context" prior to Jagdish Kaur's statement before the Nanavati Commission in 2000.

Among the other accused in the case, former MLA Mahender Yadav and Krishan Khokhar were convicted of rioting, and acquitted of all other charges. Former councillor Balwan Khokhar, retired Navy Captain Bhagmal and Girdhari Lal were awarded life terms for murder and rioting.

Earlier this month, complainant and primary witness Jagdish Kaur who lost five members of her family in the riots, had approached the High Court with three separate petitions — one against Kumar's acquittal, another against the acquittal of Yadav and Khokhar of murder charges, and the third demanding death penalty for the three convicted of murder.

The court has issued a notice to the CBI and the accused and will now be hearing the pleas on August 27. The CBI appeal is expected to come up for hearing on Monday.

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