A Delhi court has issued arrest warrants against five alleged Sikh militants, who were deported to India in 2000 after serving life terms in Pakistan for hijacking an Air India plane to that country in 1981.
Additional chief metropolitan magistrate (ACMM) Sameer Bajpai issued non-bailable warrants against the five in pursuance of a sessions court order which had earlier directed their fresh trial here in the same case of hijacking, but for different offences arising out of it.
ACMM Bajpai issued the warrants taking cognisance of a Delhi police chargesheet, which was filed in 2011.
"In my opinion, there is sufficient material to proceed against the accused persons," said the ACMM.
The five against whom the NBWs were issued are Tejender Pal Singh, Satnam Singh, Gajender Singh, Karan Singh Kini and Jasbir Singh Jima.
The group hijacked an Air India flight from New Delhi to Srinagar and forced it to land in Pakistan on September 29, 1981.