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High Court judge recuses from hearing plea against Sikh Genocide 1984 accused Sajjan Kumar

July 11, 2017 | By

Chandigarh/ New Delhi: A Delhi High Court judge on Monday (July 10) recused himself from hearing a plea seeking cancellation of anticipatory bail granted by the trial court to Indian politician Sajjan Kumar in a case related to Sikh Genocide 1984.

Justice AK Pathak listed the petition moved by a Special Investigation Team (SIT), probing the killing of three Sikhs, to another Bench. “Not before me. List it before another Bench on July 13,” the judge said.

The SIT has sought cancellation of the anticipatory bail granted to Kumar by the trial court on December 21 last year in a case of killing of three Sikhs.

Sajjan Kumar - Indian politician who is facing murder charges in an incident related to Sikh Genocide 1984

Sajjan Kumar – Indian politician who is serious allegations in an incident related to Sikh Genocide 1984

While granting relief to the former MP on a personal bond of Rs 1 lakh and an equal sum as surety, the trial court asked him not to leave the country without permission and to cooperate in the probe.

The court was informed that the cases filed against Sajjan Kumar falling under the jurisdiction of Janakpuri and Vikaspuri police stations in west Delhi, were lodged after delay of over 30 years as the complainant was scared to name the accused due to his powerful position.

The agency had said that they needed him for questioning, because a complainant, Harvinder Singh, claimed that Kumar was seen leading a mob during Sikh Genocide in November 1984. The case deals with two instances of mob violence against Sikhs — one in which two people, Sohan Singh, and his son-in-law Avtar Singh, were killed, and another in which another man, Gurcharan Singh, who was set afire on November 2, 1984. The fire caused Gurcharan Singh to remain bed-ridden for 29 years. He finally died three years ago.

The Ministry of Home Affairs had instituted a Special Investigation Team in February 2015 to re-investigate the cases related November 1984 violence against the Sikhs.

Three decades of Impunity and denial of Justice:

It is notable that high ups in the Congress party and the Indian administration perpetrated the Sikh genocidal violence against the Sikhs in November 1984, in which thousands of Sikhs were massacred throughout India. Culprits of the genocidal massacres of Nov. 1984 have enjoyed impunity and high political posts during past three decades where as the victims of the massacre were left to perish as the justice was blatantly denied in these cases.

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