1984 anti-Sikh riots: HC seeks CBI reply

NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court on Friday directed the Central Bureau of Investigation to respond on a bail plea of a convict serving life sentence in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case.

A bench of Justices S Muralidhar and Vinod Goel was seeking on the plea by former Congress councillor Balwan Khokhar , which listed it for hearing on September 11. Advocate Tarannum Cheema, appearing for the CBI  agreed to file a response to the petition, and said the agency will file its response on the bail plea at the date of hearing.

Khokhar, has been lodged in Tihar Jail here since his conviction by the trial court in the case in May 2013. In May 2013, a trial court found Khokhar and four other men, including a retired naval officer, guilty of murdering five members of a Sikh family in Delhi Cantonment’s Raj Nagar area on November 1, 1984 and awarded them life imprisonment. Five members of a family killed after the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

In July, the Delhi High Court asked what the state machinery was doing when the riots took place next to the cantonment.

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