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Sikh Genocide 1984 survivors staged protest in New Delhi; Court reportedly irked by delay in CBI arguments

February 20, 2013 | By

New Delhi, India (February 20, 2013): On February 19, 2013 a Delhi court reportedly took strong exception to the CBI’s failure to advance final arguments in a November 1984 Sikh massacre related case against Congress leader Jagdish Tytler as the victims staged a protest outside against the alleged delay in handing out justice.

Sikh protesters outside a Delhi Court on February 19, 2013

The victims of the genocidal violence reportedly gathered outside the Karkardooma Court complex here and shouted slogans demanding justice for them and their family members killed during the November 1984 massacres.

As per reports the protesters were raising slogans seeking strict punishment for Tytler and Congress leader Sajjan Kumar, who is facing trial for his alleged role in instigating the mob to kill Sikhs after the assassination of then prime minister Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984.

The court directed the CBI prosecutor, who sought more time for advancing his arguments, to begin his arguments on the next date of hearing on March 20, 2013 failing which the judge would pass the order on the basis of available evidence.

The court was hearing final arguments on the protest petition filed by Lakhwinder Kaur, whose husband Badal Singh was killed during Sikh genocide 1984 in Delhi.

Jagdish Tytler

Jagdish Tytler, one of the former Indian ministers who are accused for their involvement in Sikh Genocide 1984

It is notable that after the assassination of Indira Gandhi on October 21, 1984 thousands of Sikhs were killed in a series of organized massacres throughout India in the first week of November 1984. The genocidal violence against the Sikhs was perpetuated by political leadership using state infrastructure.

Perpetuators of this crime were harbored by the Indian state. Many of them were rewarded with political and governmental positions of power for last 28 years. It is further notable that Indian judiciary has also drastically failed to bring culprits of the book and impart justice to the victims and survivors of the genocide. Jagdish Tytler is one such accused who did not face trial for his involvement in the November 1984 genocidal violence against  the Sikhs.

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