1984 riots: Sajjan Kumar charged with murder

     A Delhi court on Wednesday framed charges of murder and rioting against Congress leader Sajjan Kumar in cases related to 1984 anti-Sikh riots. Additional Sessions Judge Sunita Gupta, after finding prima facie evidence against the Congress leader and others, decided to record statements of witnesses from August 23. The court had ordered the framing of charges in the case on July 1. The directive came two months after charges were framed against him in a separate case relating to the riots. The Supreme Court had on March 29 granted relief to Sajjan Kumar, saying it would not intervene with a Delhi High Court order that granted bail to Kumar in the case. The Delhi High Court had on February 26 granted bail to Sajjan Kumar in connection with two cases registered against him in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case. The Karkardooma Court had on February 23 issued a fresh non-bailable warrant against Kumar and slammed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for its failure to arrest Kumar and others accused in the case. Earlier, the court had issued two non-bailable warrants against Kumar, who had surrendered before the court on March 10. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had on January 13 charge-sheeted Kumar and others in the two cases accusing them of making provocative speeches, leading to the killing of 12 persons in the riots that followed the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984.

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