Sajjan acquitted in '84 anti-Sikh riots case, shoe hurled at judge

FPSajjan Kumar leaves court on Tuesday. PRAVEEN KHANNA

A Delhi court on Tuesday acquitted Congress leader Sajjan Kumar of all charges in a case related to the killing of five men in a Delhi Cantonment colony during the 1984 anti-Sikh riots that followed the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

Five others named as accused with Sajjan Kumar were convicted — three of murder and rioting, and two of rioting.

The acquittal of Kumar led to protests from families of the victims and one of the protesters hurled a shoe at district judge J R Aryan.

The court has not yet released the written judgment nor given details of the reasons for the ruling. The full order is expected to be released in the next few days.

Kumar declined to comment on the order but his advocate Anil Kumar Sharma said they welcomed the ruling. "We have been suffering trial for 29 years. Now we have got justice," Sharma said.

Angry families of the victims and complainants said they had been denied justice again. "There is a different law for these politicians. Why have they acquitted this man," complainant and key witness Jagdish Kaur said.

The families said they will appeal in the High Court against Kumar's acquittal. "I will definitely appeal. They let the main accused go," Nirpreet Kaur, second complainant in the case, said.

The court is expected to hear arguments on May 6 regarding the sentence against the five who have been convicted.

Former MLA Mahender Yadav and Krishan Khokhar have been acquitted of all charges except for the offence of rioting. But former councillor Balwan Khokhar, Captain Bhagmal and Girdhari Lal have been held guilty for rioting and murder.

Judge Aryan also acquitted all accused of charges of fostering enmity between communities, wrongful restraint, defiling of place of worship etc that had been framed against them in 2010.

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