Sajjan Kumar, senior Delhi Congress leader and accused in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, has finally been charged with murder and rioting by a city court.
He and four others have been charged in connection with the death of six persons in the Sultanpuri area of the Capital.
Additional Sessions Judge Sunita Gupta said there was prima facie evidence against Kumar and the other co-accused.
The court also framed charges against Kumar and the others for spreading hostility between communities, and fixed August 23 for commencement of trial when it would start recording evidence.
In its chargesheet filed in January 2010, the CBI had accused Kumar of instigating a mob of about 300-400 people to kill Sikhs and to loot and burn their houses.
This is the second case relating to the 1984 anti-Sikh riots in which Kumar is facing trial.
Earlier, another court had framed charges against him in a case registered at Delhi Cantonment in connection with the murder of seven persons.
Senior counsel H.S. Phoolka, representing the victims, said: “Finally, we see a ray of hope for the riot victims.”
Besides Kumar, other five accused are Brahmanand Gupta, Kushal Singh, Peru and Ved Prakash. The court has already recorded statement of Jagdish Kaur, a witness in the Delhi Cantonment case. Kaur had said Kumar issued directions to police officials to stay away, as he instigated a mob to lynch Sikhs in the area. She had lost five family members, including her husband, in the riots.