Syed Ali Ahmed, Tribune News Service
New Delhi, April 29. The Karkardooma District Court will pronounce its verdict in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case tomorrow in which senior Congress leader Sajjan Kumar and five others, former MLA Mahinder Yadav, former councillor Balwan Khokhar; Krishan Khokhar, Capt Bhamal and Girdhari Lal, are accused.
Arguments by the prosecution as well as the defence were completed on April 3. District Sessions Judge JR Aryan had on April 16 called for any clarification, if needed. As no clarification was sought by either of the parties, the court declared to pronounce the verdict on April 30.
The case pertains to the killing of Kehar Singh and Gurpreet Singh, husband and son of Jagdish Kaur, Raghuvender Singh, Narender Pal Singh and Kuldeep Singh in the Raj Nagar area that comes under the Delhi Cantonment police station.
The killings took place on November 1 and 2 after the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984. A case was registered by the CBI in October 2005 on the recommendations of Nanawati Commission. The CBI filed a charge sheet in the court on February 1, 2010. The trial court framed charges against Sajjan Kumar and the five others under Sections 302 (murder), 427 (damage to property), 153-A (promoting enmity between different communities) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy).
Seventeen witnesses each were produced by the prosecution and the defence. After recording of evidence ended in March 2012, arguments in the case were concluded on April 3, 2013.