'84 riots: Interim bail for accused serving life term

  • None, New Delhi
  • Updated: Dec 01, 2014 22:40 IST

The Delhi high court on Monday granted 45-day interim bail to a retired naval officer serving life term, along with two others, in a case relating to a 1984 anti-Sikh riots incident in which five members of a family were killed.

A bench of justices Pradeep Nandrajog and Mukta Gupta freed convict Captain Bhagmal on interim bail on condition that he would furnish a bail bond of Rs 50,000 with one surety of the like amount.

The court granted the relief after 86-year-old Bhagmal sought three months’ interim bail, saying he needed to undergo surgery for “enlarged prostate cancer”.

Bhagmal, former Delhi municipal corporation councillor Balwan Khokar and Girdhari Lal are the three persons who were awarded life imprisonment by the trial court in May last year.

While they were sentenced to life imprisonment, two other convicts -- former MLA Mahender Yadav and Kishan Khokar -- were given three years’ jail term each.

On April 30 last year, the trial court had, however, acquitted Congress leader Sajjan Kumar in the case. Later, his acquittal was challenged by the family members of the victims in the high court.

The case relates to the murder of five members of a family in Raj Nagar area of Delhi Cantonment on November 1, 1984, a day after the assassination of Indira Gandhi.

The convicts have filed their appeals before the high court while the CBI also filed its appeal demanding death sentence for the trio, saying they were engaged in “a planned communal riot”.

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