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Hearing on November 1984 accused Sajjan Kumar’s plea adjourned by SCI till Nov 18

November 13, 2013 | By

New Delhi, India (November 13, 2013): It is learnt that the Supreme Court of India has adjourned the hearing till November 18 on Congress leader and Sikh massacre 1984 accused Sajjan Kumar’s plea for quashing the charges framed by the trial court against him. Sajjan Kumar is facing charges for inciting a mob to kill six persons in Sultanpuri area of Delhi during the 1984 Sikh Genocide.

Sikh Genocide 1984, Sajjan Kumar and Supreme Court of IndiaAs per information a Supreme Court of India (SCI) bench comprising Justices AK Patnaik and JS Khehar deferred the hearing on Sajjan’s plea for taking up the case towards the end of the day. Since the Bench was scheduled to sit only for the pre-lunch session, it said it would hear the case next Monday.

Appearing for the victims, senior advocate Dushyant Dave took exception to the delaying tactics being adopted by the Congress leader. “The Sikhs have been waiting for justice for 30 years. Every time, their (Sajjan and other accused) strategy is to ask for a pass over (hearing towards the end),” he said.

“If the Supreme Court had not stayed the Gauhati High Court verdict and restored CBI’s legal status, they (counsel for Sajjan Kumar) would have been keen on the hearing of their case today (Nov. 11),” the Bench remarked. It did not elaborate.

Sajjan Kumar is seeking quashing of the charges against him, contending that he had been acquitted of inciting mobs in respect of about 60 killings and he could not be tried for the same offence again in connection with the Sultanpuri incidents.

It is notable that the accused of November 1984 Sikh massacres, including Sajjan Kumar, have been protected by the Indian state for last 29 years. Recently a trial court acquitted Sajjan Kumar in a case related to the Delhi Massacre of Sikhs in November 1984 in a dramatic way. The court set aside the eye-witness testimonies against Sajjan Kumar in a flimsy way while giving benefit of doubt to the Indian politician.

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