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Supreme Court notice to CBI on convict’s bail plea

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Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 22

The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued a notice to the CBI on an interim bail plea of former Congress councillor Balwan Khokhar who is serving life term in a 1984 anti-Sikh riot case.

Khokhar was sent to Tihar Jail along with former Delhi Congress leader Sajjan Kumar following their conviction in December 2018. He urged the top court to grant him interim bail or parole in view of the Covid-19 outbreak.

The Delhi High Court had upheld Khokhar's life sentence and reversed Kumar's acquittal by the trial court in 2013. Almost 3,000 people were killed, most of them in Delhi, in the anti-Sikh riots that broke out following the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984.

This particular case relates to the killings of five Sikhs in the Raj Nagar Part-I area in southwest Delhi on November 1-2, 1984, and burning down of a gurdwara in Raj Nagar Part-II.

Earlier, Khokhar was granted four-week parole on January 15 for the last rites of his father.

A Bench, headed by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde, asked the CBI to respond to the interim bail plea of Khokhar who also cited health grounds for his release. He submitted that he was a senior citizen suffering from diabetes, hypertension and severe joint pains and had been in the jail for more than six years.

from The Tribune

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