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SC nod for Sajjan trial in riot case

New Delhi, Dec. 3: The Supreme Court today dismissed Congress leader Sajjan Kumar’s petition challenging his trial in a case related to the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

“There is no merit in the SLP. It is dismissed,” Justices A.K. Patnaik and Y. Gopala Gowda said in an order, which came a day before the Delhi Assembly elections and means the former MP has to face trial for murder and rioting.

A trial court had in 2010 framed charges against Kumar for the murder of a man in the densely populated Sultanpuri area during the violence that erupted in the capital following the assassination of Indira Gandhi.

The charges were framed on the basis of a chargesheet filed by the CBI on the recommendation of the Nanavati Commission, which probed the circumstances leading to the violence.

Along with that of Kumar, the apex court also dismissed the petitions of two other accused, Ved Prakash and Brahmanand Gupta.

Delhi High Court had earlier dismissed Kumar’s plea to quash the charges, following which he had moved the apex court.