A Delhi court on Tuesday held Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) president Manjit Singh GK and eight other leaders of the DSGMC and the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) guilty of violating prohibitory orders during a protest on March 10, 2013, against the acquittal of Congress leader Sajjan Kumar in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case.
The other leaders are Kuldeep Singh Bhogal, SAD organising secretary; Tanwant Singh, DSGMC vice-president; Paramjit Singh Rana, chairman, Dharam Prachar Committee of the DSGMC; Inderjeet Singh Monty and Samarbir Singh Sunny, both committee members; Jasprit Singh Mann, chief adviser to the DSGMC general secretary; and Swaranjit Singh Brar, director, sports, DSGMC.
They were found guilty of violating Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC). Metropolitan magistrate Snigdha Sarvaria sentenced them to stay for the day till the rising of the court.
While being sentenced, GK and the others told the court that they would not hesitate from holding protests and marches to “wake up the government for the rights and issues of Sikhs.”
Akali leaders and DSGMC office-bearers had staged a protest at Rajpath here after Sajjan was acquitted in a case by the Delhi high court.
The DSGMC and the SAD organised a series of protests, forcing the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to decide to challenge the Delhi HC decision in the Supreme Court.