1984 riots: Murder charge framed against Sajjan Kumar

Last Updated: Wed, Jul 07, 2010 12:37 hrs

New Delhi: A court here on Wednesday framed murder charges against Congress leader Sajjan Kumar and four others for allegedly killing one person in the Sultanpuri area during the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

Additional Sessions Judge Sunita Gupta framed the charges under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for murder, abetment of murder, burning of house and defiling a place of worship.

Besides Kumar, the four accused in this case are Brahmanand Gupta, Ved Prakash, Khushal and Peeria.

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According to Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) counsel, after the framing of charges Wednesday the next stage in the case will be the start of the trial.

The order for framing of charges in the case came July 1.

The directive came two months after charges were framed against Kumar in a separate case related to riots in the Delhi Cantonment area where he allegedly instigated a mob to kill Sikhs following the assassination of then prime minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards.

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The CBI filed chargesheet against Kumar and others in two cases for allegedly instigating mobs during the riots, in which more than 3,000 Sikhs were killed across Delhi.

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