Senior Congress leader Sajjan Kumar will be tried for murder and rioting after the Supreme Court on Tuesday turned down his plea to drop the charges against him in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case.
A bench headed by justice AK Patnaik declined relief to the 67-year-old Kumar who had challenged a Delhi high court verdict dismissing his plea against framing of charges in a case of communal violence in south-west Delhi’s Sultanpuri.
Besides murder, Kumar, then a member of Parliament, is also accused of promoting hatred between two communities and rioting that left six people dead.
At least 3,000 Sikhs were killed in the communal frenzy that gripped the Capital in the aftermath of the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984 at the hands of her Sikh bodyguards.
“We will consider filing a review petition but we are sure, he will be acquitted because he has done no wrong,” Kumar’s counsel Vineet Malhotra said.
Charges were framed against Kumar and four others in July 2010. One of the accused died during the proceedings. The SC refused relief to the two other accused.
The CBI filed two charge sheets against Kumar and others in January 2010 on the recommendations of Justice GT Nanavati Commission that had probed the sequence of events leading to the communal violence.
Facing similar charges in another case of rioting in the Delhi cantonment area, Kumar was acquitted on May 30. The CBI has moved the HC against the acquittal.
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