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1984 Anti-Sikh Pogrom Sajjan Kumar To Face Trial In Another Anti-Sikh Riots Case

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    New Delhi: A month after being charged with murder and rioting in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case, Congress leader Sajjan Kumar would face trial in a separate case with a Delhi court framing identical charges relating to the killing of six persons during the carnage.

    Additional sessions judge Sunita Gupta found prima facie evidence and ordered formal framing of charges of murder, rioting and spreading enmity between two communities against Kumar and others relating to the killing of six persons in Delhi's Sultanpuri locality.

    Kumar is already facing the trial for criminal conspiracy, murder and other offences in a case relating to the killing of five persons at Delhi Cantonment area during the riots.

    He and others will be tried for same offences in the second case for the death of six persons at Sultanpuri during the riots that followed assassination of then prime minister Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984.

    The court had on July one ordered framing of charges against Kumar and four others Brahmanand Gupta, Peru, Khushal Singh and Ved Prakash in the case.

    The court has fixed August 23 as the date for recording of statement in witnesses in the case.

    Meanwhile, the court resumed recording of statements of witnesses in the case relating to killings of five persons at Delhi Cantonment even though Jagdish Kaur, a key witness in the case, could not appear before the court because of illness. She had lost five of her family members, including her husband, in the riots.

    Lal Chand Khemani, the witness, who is said to have bought the house of Kaur located at Raj Nagar here after the riots, was declared hostile by the court.

    He had said during his cross examination by CBI that he had purchased the house from Kaur's nephew in 1993.

    The witness was again cross examined by Kumar's counsel AK Sharma.

    The recording of statement of another witness would continue tomorrow.

    CBI had filed two charge sheets against Kumar and other son January 13 in the riots cases registered in 2005 on the recommendation of justice GT Nanavati Commission which had inquired into the sequence of events leading to the riots.

    Sajjan Kumar to face trial in another anti-Sikh riots case - dnaindia.com
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