August 22, 2014 | By Parmjeet Singh
New Delhi, India (August 22, 2014): According to information a Delhi based Indian court acquitted another accused in a November 1984 Delhi Sikh massacre related case in which a Hindu mob had set afire a Sikh Gurdwara leading to the death of three people. The could held that the CBI has a “very, very weak case” as it has failed to prove accused’s presence on the spot of crime. Investigation against senior Congress leader Jagdish Tytler is still pending in this case.
Sikhs were subjected to genocidal violence in India during first week of November 1984 after assassination of Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984. The genocidal massacres of Sikhs were conducted with participation of the ruling Congress party and other state organs such as police and administration. Only a few persons were acutally charges in Indian court for their participation in this mass crime but most of them have been acquitted by Indian courts citing one reason or the other.
In present case a mob of over a thousand people had set afire Gurdwara Pulbangash in north Delhi. They had killed three Sikhs namely, S. Thakur Singh, Badal Singh and Gurcharan Singh.
According to media reports Additional Sessions Judge Sanjay Bansal acquitted Suresh Kumar alias Panewala of various charges dealing with murder, rioting, damaging a place of worship with an intent to insult the religion of any class of persons and mischief by fire.
“It must be held that the prosecution has a very, very weak case. It has not proved the charge beyond reasonable doubt against the accused. It has failed to establish presence of the accused at the spot at the time of commission of the offences,” the court said in an order delivered on Wednesday but released on Thursday.
It may be recalled that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has already granted “clean chit” to Jagdish Tytler in this case saying that the investigation agency did not find any material against Jagdish Tytler. The CBI also submitted a closure report in this case requesting the court to close the case against Jagdish Tytler.
However, in April 2013 the court set aside the closure report and ordered further investigation into the matter concerning him.
While, the investigations against Jagdish Tytler are still pending, his co-accused was today acquitted by the trial court.
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