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1984 Anti Sikh Riots: Delhi HC Seeks CBI’s Response On Convict’s Bail Plea

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| September 8 , 2018 , 17:29 IST

The Delhi High Court on Friday sought response from the Central Bureau of Investigation in connection in connection with the bail plea of Former Congress councillor Balwan Khokhar who is serving a life imprisonment for involvement in the anti sikh riots of 1984.

Locked up in the Tihar Jail, Khokhar filed a plea to seek a regular bail till the appeals process against his conviction by a trial court is completed.

A bench of Justices S Muralidhar and Vinod Goel scheduled the matter for hearing on September 11. Advocate Tarannum Cheema, on behalf of the investigating agency, agreed to file a response to the petition.

Earlier in May 2013, a trial court convicted Khokhar and four others for committing a murder of five members of a Sikh family during the 1984 anti Sikh riots.  The convicts also include a naval officer. The court also sentenced two other accused former MLA Mahender Yadav and Kishan Khokhar a three years in prison. Another accused, Congress leader Sajjan Kumar, was acquitted.

The trial court had acquitted Congress leader Sajjan Kumar in the case but awarded life term to Khokhar, Bhagmal and Girdhari Lal and a three-year jail term to two others former MLA Mahender Yadav and Kishan Khokhar.

The CBI has also filed an appeal, alleging they were engaged in "a planned communal riot" and "religious cleansing". It also appealed against the acquittal of Kumar.