The Hush Post| 9:15 am | one-minute-read
The Delhi High Court has upheld the conviction of 88 convicts in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots in Delhi. The convicts were arrested in East Delhi’s Trilokpuri area. They were sentenced to five-years in jail each by a trial court in 1996. The 88 convicts were held guilty of rioting, burning houses, and curfew violations.
Justice RK Gauba has directed all 88 convicts to surrender within one month.
Earlier, the convicts had challenged the August 27, 1996 judgment of a Sessions Court which had convicted 88 out of the 107 people arrested on November 2, 1984.
Dismissing the petition, the Delhi High Court said that those convicted should serve five-year jail term. The court was critical about recovering 95 bodies but not pressing the charges of murder against the convicts, said Phoolka.
Phoolka said the court recommended that the Commission of Inquiry Act be amended to ensure justice to the victims.
More than 2,500 Sikhs were killed in Delhi alone while the total number of Sikhs killed in the country crossed 3,000. While many have called them anti-Sikh riots, Sikh bodies have termed it as a pogrom against Sikhs.