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1984 Sikh riots: Court reserves order on pleas for transfer of case

A Delhi court on Wednesday reserved its order on pleas of three accused who, along with Congress leader Sajjan Kumar are facing trial in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case, seeking transfer of case on the ground of jurisdiction.

District Judge Talwant Singh, after hearing arguments of counsel for the CBI and accused, fixed the matter for January 31 for pronouncing order on the applications.

Sajjan Kumar, Brahmanand Gupta, Peeriya and Ved Prakash are facing trial on charges of murder and rioting in connection with the case of killing of Surjit Singh in Sultanpuri area of West Delhi.

During the hearing, counsel for accused Ved Prakash argued that court should implement the Delhi High Court’s 2013 order asking sessions judges to transfer the cases as per their jurisdiction.

He said the case related to the alleged incident in Sultanpuri where Ved Prakash was a resident and in terms of jurisdiction, the case should be transferred to the Rohini district courts. Apart from Ved Prakash, Gupta and Peeriya have also filed similar pleas before the judge, who recently took over charge, seeking transfer of the case from Karkardooma district court in East Delhi to Rohini district court on grounds of jurisdiction.


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