A Delhi court on Tuesday held Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) president Manjit Singh GK and eight other leaders of the DSGMC and the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) guilty of violating prohibitory orders during their protest on March 10, 2013, against the acquittal of Congress leader Sajjan Kumar in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case.
The other leaders are Kuldeep Singh Bhogal, SAD organising secretary; Tanwant Singh, DSGMC vice-president; Paramjit Singh Rana, chairman, Dharam Prachar Committee of the DSGMC; Inderjeet Singh Monty and Samarbir Singh Sunny, both committee members; Jasprit Singh Mann, chief adviser to the DSGMC general secretary; and Swaranjit Singh Brar, director, sports, DSGMC.
They were found guilty of violating Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC). Metropolitan magistrate Snigdha Sarvaria sentenced them to stay in court for the day.
While being sentenced, GK and the others told the court that they would not hesitate from holding protests and marches to “wake up the government for the rights and issues of Sikhs.”
Akali leaders and DSGMC office-bearers had staged a protest at Rajpath here after Sajjan Kumar was acquitted in a case by the Delhi high court. The DSGMC and the SAD organised a series of protests, forcing the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to decide to challenge the Delhi HC decision in the Supreme Court.
“The court summoned us after a gap of 21 months. The functioning of our country’s justice delivery system has been exposed as those who mercilessly killed innocent Sikhs roam free even 30 years after the genocide and those protesting against it are convicted by the court,” said GK, who is also the president of the SAD’s Delhi unit.
“We told the court that we are ready to admit our offence, if at all any, and would continue to protest for the noble cause. We even offered to go to jail,” GK added.