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1984 riots: Now, second judge of Delhi HC recuses from hearing Sajjan Kumar's plea

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

A second judge of the High on Thursday recused to hear senior leader Sajjan Kumar in a case of killing of three Sikhs in West area of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

Earlier too, one Judge recused to hear this matter. Now the case has come to a third Judge in High and will be heard on July 19.

The Special Investigation Team (SIT) had approached the High seeking cancellation of the anticipatory bail granted by the trial to Kumar.

On June 10, the first High Judge recused himself from hearing Kumar's bail cancellation plea in connection with the riots, as the appearing advocate was his relative.

Earlier in April, the High had reopened five cases in connection with the 1984 anti-Sikh riots that were closed in 1986.

The (CBI) had also filed appeals against the acquittal of Kumar and light sentence to ex-councillor Balwan Khokar.

The High had taken suo motu cognizance as during course of the arguments Kumar's lawyers mentioned these matters as precedents since co-accused Mahender Yadav, Balwan Khokar and Kishan Khokar had been acquitted in them.

The noted that eyewitnesses had not been examined in those cases and there was a "travesty" since investigation was not done properly.

The took suo motu cognizance of the "errors" in the 1986 trial judgment, adding that key eyewitnesses were not examined and cases were closed "very rapidly" seemingly without proper investigation and trial.

The bench passed this order after taking note of the trial judgments passed in 1986 in the five cases.

The apex had also directed the Centre to deposit more than 190 files in connection with this case.

Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi told the apex that the SIT in as many as 263 cases had no case files and there was no trace of any victim or witness.

On February 20, the Centre filed a status report in the top on the investigation conducted by the SIT into anti-Sikh riots cases.

Anti-Sikh riots that broke out after the assassination of then prime minister Indira Gandhi had claimed 2,433 lives in alone.

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