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India Court Upholds Murder Charges in 1984 Anti-Sikh Rampage

Tuesday, 16 Jul 2013 11:51 AM

By Joel Himelfarb

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An Indian court Tuesday rejected pleas by veteran Congress Party official Sajjan Kumar to dismiss charges filed against him in connection with the deaths of six people during anti-Sikh riots in 1984, the Times of India reported.

The decision by the Delhi high court means Kumar’s trial in connection with riots that broke out after the Oct. 31, 1984, assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, a Hindu, by two Sikh bodyguards, can go forward.

In July 2010, an Indian court brought charges including murder and rioting against Kumar and four others in connection with the deaths, which took place in the Sultanpuri area of northwest Delhi after Gandhi’s slaying.

The trial began, but has been delayed while the accused appealed the charges. Tuesday’s ruling means the trial can resume.

A lower court recently acquitted Kumar in a separate case involving the 1984 riots that followed the Gandhi assassination. His five co-defendants in the case, however, were convicted of crimes including murder and joining a mob that killed five Sikhs.

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