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1984 riots row: Phoolka to sue former judge

Senior advocate H S Phoolka, who has been handling the 1984 anti Sikh riots cases on behalf of all the victims, on Friday said he would file a defamation suit against former Delhi High Court judge R S Sodhi for accusing him of professional misconduct. HT reports

india Updated: Jul 23, 2010 23:09 IST
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Senior advocate H S Phoolka, who has been handling the 1984 anti Sikh riots cases on behalf of all the victims, on Friday said he would file a defamation suit against former Delhi High Court judge R S Sodhi for accusing him of professional misconduct.

"I am going to file a defamation suit against justice R S Sodhi for making statement against me. He should have thought before questioning my credentials," Phoolka said. Phoolka was referring to justice Sodhi's statement, in which he had said a senior advocate had got monetary benefit for handling riot cases.

Countering the allegation Phoolka said he had not taken "even a rupee" for appearing in these cases.

"These are the baseless allegations to divert my attention from the anti Sikh riots cases, which are at crucial stage in the court," he said.

Phoolka has been on the forefront for raising a banner of support for the riots victims during the judicial proceedings.

He has been appearing on behalf of the riot victims in cases involving senior Congress leaders Jagdish Tytler and Sajjan Kumar.

Phoolka had decided to withdraw from all the riots cases following allegations of "personal benefits" levelled against him by justice Sodhi and President of Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee. However, on Thursday, he said he would continue handling the cases after Akal Takth the apex decision making body in the Sikh religion intervened and asked him to continue appearing on behalf of the victims.