A Delhi court has acquitted Congress leader Sajjan Kumar in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case while convicting five others for killing five Sikhs. Balwan Khokkar, Girdhari Lal and Captain Bhagmal were held guilty of murder under section 302 (murder) of the IPC which entails death penalty as maximum punishment while Mahender Yadav and Kishan Khokkar were convicted of rioting only.
The judgement evoked a huge protest and one of the protestors hurled a shoe at the judge soon after he had Sajjan Kumar in the case. However, he still faces trial in another 1984 rioting case. In a third case, Delhi Police has filed a closure report, saying that there was no evidence to implicate him.
Protesters in big numbers had gathered at the court and after Kumar's acquittal, complainant Jagdish Kaur sat on protest inside the courtroom saying she would not leave until justice is done. The court has fixed May 6 for arguments on the quantum of sentence in the case.