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Delhi HC admits CBI’s 1984 riots plea against Sajjan Kumar

CBI has appealed against the acquittal of the MP in the case, reports Harish Nair.

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Harish V Nair
Harish V Nair

The ghost of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots has come back to haunt Outer Delhi MP Sajjan Kumar.

On Monday, the Delhi High Court admitted an appeal filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) against the acquittals of Kumar and six others in the case, and ordered day-to-day hearings from Tuesday.

It granted bail to all seven on bonds of Rs 15,000 each. The court clubbed the CBI's appeal with the ones filed by the families of those who were killed during the riots.

The CBI's appeal had been filed in 2003. In December 2002, a city court had acquitted Kumar and the six others due to "lack of evidence" as no witness spoke against them.

The prosecution's case had been based on the statement filed by Anwar Kaur, who had told the police that a mob instigated by Kumar had killed her husband Navin Singh, in front of her residence at Sultanpuri in West Delhi on November 1, 1984. It collapsed when she declared in court that she was not sure whether Kumar had led the mob.

The CBI said the police, which initially handled the case, failed to investigate it properly.

First Published: Mar 06, 2007 04:06 IST

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