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$1 mn reward for Sajjan's conviction announced
PTI
Washington, May 02, 2013
First Published: 15:32 IST(2/5/2013)
Last Updated: 16:58 IST(2/5/2013)
Congress leader Sajjan Kumar is seen after Karkardooma court acquitted him in a case related to the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. HT Photo/Raj K Raj

A US-based Sikh rights group has announced an award of $1 million to any individual, whose testimony and evidence may result in conviction of Sajjan Kumar, the senior Congress leader from Delhi.

"The 'Million Dollar' reward will be given to those individuals who will come forward with tips, evidence and testimony leading to the reversal of Judge Aryan's April 30 order acquitting Congress leader Sajjan Kumar for role in the killing of Sikhs in November 1984," Sikh for Justice said in a statement.

Justifying the reward attorney Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, legal advisor to SFJ, alleged that killing of Sikhs took place in broad day light while hundreds of citizens helplessly watched the systematic and gruesome killings of people in the first week of November 1984.

"Now is the opportunity for those who witnessed the killings to come forward with testimony and evidence to help victims in seeking justice against those Congress leaders who organized violence against Sikhs," Pannun said.

Since Judge Aryan gave "benefit of doubt" to Sajjan, Pannun said victims will challenge the acquittal of Kumar before Delhi high court based on the precedent set by the Supreme Court in Devenderpal Singh Bhullar's case.


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