Sajjan Kumar: Milestone conviction in fatal Sikh riots

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An Indian court has despatched a senior Congress birthday celebration politician to jail for life in what is being seen as the most important conviction thus far over the anti-Sikh riots of 1984.

Sajjan Kumar was discovered guilty of inciting crowds to kill Sikhs.

In a scathing verdict, the Delhi prime court pass judgement on mentioned the accused escaped trial as a result of “political patronage”.

More than THREE,000 Sikhs died in the riots that adopted the assassination of then top minister Indira Gandhi.

Mrs Gandhi, who belonged to the Congress birthday celebration, used to be shot lifeless via two of her Sikh bodyguards who have been indignant at her choice to send the military into the Golden Temple – Sikhism’s holiest shrine – to flush out militants.

The prosecution had accused Kumar of being fascinated with a conspiracy of “terrifying proportion” with the police in the course of the riots.

On Monday, Nirlep Kaur, whose father was burnt alive by means of mobs ahead of her eyes, wept as she thanked the court for delivering justice after 34 years.

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Delhi top court Judges S Muralidhar and Vinod Goel found Kumar responsible of “felony conspiracy, promoting enmity and acts in opposition to communal cohesion” and ordered him not to go away the city and surrender via 31 December.

Kumar was once convicted after a few eyewitnesses testified against him for inciting mobs in Delhi’s Sultanpuri area.

One woman witness stated she had noticed him addressing a crowd, telling them that Sikhs had killed “his mother” – a connection with Mrs Gandhi.

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