‘Big fishes’ in 1984 ri­ots still roam­ing free: Ke­jri­wal

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Newdelhi:inanap­par­en­tre­f­er­ence to Congress lead­ers, Delhi Chief Min­is­ter Arvind Ke­jri­wal said that “big ishes” in­volved in the 1984 an­ti­sikh vi­o­lence were still roam­ing free.

Wel­com­ing the Delhi High Court’s ver­dict to up­held a trial court’s de­ci­sion to convict 89 peo­ple for ri­ot­ing, burn­ing hous­esand­breach­ingcur­fewin­trilokpuri in east Delhi, Ke­jri­wal said jus­tice had not still been done to the vic­tims.

“I wel­come Delhi High Court judg­ment up­hold­ing the con­vic­tion of cul­prits re­spon­si­ble for the mur­der of hun­dreds of in­no­cent peo­ple in Trilokpuri... Jus­tice has so far not been done to riot vic­tims even af­ter 34 years. Big ish(es) are still roam­ing free,” Ke­jri­wal tweeted.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) called the 1984 ri­ots, which fol­lowed the as­sas­si­na­tion of then prime min­is­ter Indira Gandhi by two of her Sikh body­guards, “a blot on Delhi which can­not be erased.”

“There is no doubt that the fam­i­lies of 1984 ri­ots vic­tims have been de­nied jus­tice for a very long time and even in this case since the irst con­vic­tion by the trial court in 1996, it has taken 22 years for the ap­peal hav­ing been de­cided,” the party said in a state­ment.

“It is a mat­ter of grave con­cern that irst the in­ves­ti­gat­ing agen­cies and then the jus­tice de­liv­ery mech­a­nism has taken 34 years in the 1984 ri­ots cases be­fore the cases have be­gun to be de­cided,” it added.

The party de­manded that all 1984 cases be fast-tracked since wit­nesses were al­ready very aged. “Only way of pro­vid­ing jus­tice to ri­ots vic­tims is to en­sure quick dis­posal of cases.” Jus­tice RK Gauba dis­missed the appeals of the con­victs who had chal­lenged a 1996 judg­ment of a Ses­sions Court which had con­victed the 89 ar­rested on Nov.2, 1984.

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