1984 riots: SC discover to CBI on convict Balwan Khokhar’s bail plea


Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 22

The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued discover to the CBI on an interim bail plea of former Delhi Congress councillor Balwan Khokhar who’s serving life time period within the 1984 anti-Sikh riot case.

Khokhar, who’s lodged in Tihar Jail together with former Delhi Congress chief Sajjan Kumar following their conviction in December 2018, urged the highest courtroom to grant him interim bail or parole in view of COVID-19 pandemic.

The Delhi High Court had upheld Khokhar’s life sentence and reversed Kumar’s acquittal ordered by the trial courtroom in 2013.

Almost 3,000 individuals have been killed, most of them in Delhi, within the anti-Sikh riots that broke out following the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984.

This specific case is said to the killings of 5 Sikhs within the Raj Nagar Part-I space in Palam Colony in southwest Delhi on November 1-2, 1984, and burning down of a gurdwara in Raj Nagar Part-II.

Earlier, he was granted four-week parole on January 15 for final rites of his father.

A Bench headed by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde requested the CBI to reply to the interim bail plea of Khokhar who cited well being grounds for his launch.

He submitted that he was a senior citizen affected by diabetes, hypertension and extreme joint pains and has been in jail for greater than six years.



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