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Old 08-Jul-2010
Court frames charges against Sajjan, others

New Delhi, July 7

A Delhi court today framed charges against former Congress MP Sajjan Kumar and others in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case, in which a riotous mob allegedly killed six persons following the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984.

Additional Sessions Judge Sunita Gupta ordered the framing of charges in connection with a case registered at the Sultanpuri police station against Sajjan Kumar, Brahmanand Gupta, Peru, Khushal Singh and Ved Prakash, after finding enough prima facie evidence against them. The accused have been charged under Sections 120-B (conspiracy), 302 (murder), 436 (mischief by fire or explosives), 295 (defiling a place of worship), 153A (promoting enmity among different communities), 109 (Punishment of abetment) and Sections 147, 148 and 149 (relating to rioting) of the IPC.

All accused were present in the court and pleaded “not guilty” and said they would contest the charges.

The framing of charges has paved the way for the beginning of trial in the case. The court is already recording statement of witnesses against Kumar in another case relating to the anti-Sikh riots. On July 1, the court had ordered framing of charges in the case. The directive came two months after charges were framed against Sajjan in a separate case related to riots in Delhi Cantonment area where he allegedly instigated a mob.

On January 13, the CBI had filed two chargesheets against the former Congress MP and others in the court in two separate cases of allegedly making provocative speeches, leading to the killing of 12 persons in 1984 riots.

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