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A city court on Saturday ordered framing of charges against Congress leader Sajjan Kumar and seven others for allegedly killing five people during the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

Additional Sessions Judge Sunita Gupta passed the order. The court will now hear the matter May 18 when Kumar and others will present their defence.

Sajjan Kumar, Khushal Singh, Girdhari Lal, Balwan Khokhar, Mahender Yadav, Maha Singh, Capt Bhagmal, Santosh Rani and Krishna Khokhar were named as accused in the murder of five people in Delhi Cantonment in the riots that followed the assassination of then prime minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards.

The Central Bureau of Investigation filed a chargesheet against Sajjan Kumar and others in two cases for allegedly instigating mobs during the riots, in which more than 3,000 Sikhs were killed across Delhi.

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