Newsletters - Feb 2010

February 26, 2010

DELHI HIGH COURT GRANTS ANTICIPATORY BAIL TO SAJJAN KUMAR

In a major setback to justice for the victims of November 1984 massacre of Sikhs, Delhi High Court today granted anticipatory bail to Congress leader Sajjan Kumar. The court granted anticipatory bail to Sajjan Kumar and the six other accused on furnishing a personal and surety bond of Rs 50,000 each.

With their faith in the judicary shaken, the distressed victims of the massacre termed the day as a repetition of their torture. When non-bailable warrants were issued in the court of ACMM Lokesh Kumar Sharma tears welled up in the eyes of Babu Singh Dukhiya, president of National 1984 Victims Society.

On that day, he stated that he has spent most of his life fighting for justice. His youth and middle age passed by, but it is better late than never. Expressing his anguish on the anticipatory bail, he said that the accused of November 1984 massacre of Sikhs will finally die after leading a nice life and nothing will happen to them.

Senior Advocate HS Phoolka stated that this is a very unfortunate and sad moment. He further stated that now the need is to move the Supreme Court against the anticipatory bail order. The fight for justice will continue.

Victim, Pappi Kaur expressing her sadness stated that earlier her mother was fighting and now she has taken the fight forward. Likewise thousands of people are determined to get justice.

Attorney Gurpatwant S Pannun stated that Sikhs for Justice will now approach the Supreme Court to challenge the anticipatory bail and get justice for the victims of November 1984 massacre of Sikhs. He further stated that it is very unfortunate that inspite of admitting the fact that the charge against Sajjan Kumar and other accused is of extremely grave nature, Delhi High Court granted bail to them.

Newspaper Coverage:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/News-Feed/newdelhi/Sajjan-Kumar-gets-anticipatory-bail-in-1984-riot-cases/Article1-513064.aspx

http://ibnlive.in.com/printpage.php?id=110730§ion_id=3

http://news.outlookindia.com/item.aspx?675301  

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/Anti-Sikh-riots--HC-grants-bail-to-Congressman-Sajjan-Kumar/584798

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/1984-riot-cases-Sajjan-Kumar-gets-anticipatory-bail/articleshow/5618424.cms

http://in.news.yahoo.com/43/20100226/812/tnl-sajjan-kumar-gets-anticipat...

http://beta.thehindu.com/news/national/article113839.ece?homepage=true

http://www.deccanchronicle.com/node/114509/print

http://www.dailypioneer.com/238816/Sajjan-gets-anticipatory-bail-Sikh-vi...

http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report_anti-sikh-riots-hc-grants-bail-to-c...

http://www.zeenews.com/news607172.html

http://news.oneindia.in/2010/02/26/1984anti-sikh-riots-case-delhi-high-c...

http://www.sakaaltimes.com/SakaalTimesBeta/20100226/5437436252084367846....

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February 25, 2010

SAJJAN KUMAR MISSING FROM LAST ONE WEEK: COURT REFUSES BAIL TO GIRDHARI LAL

Congress Leader Sajjan Kumar is missing from his residence for the last one week. On February 23, 2010 Court issued fresh warrant against Sajjan Kumar due to the non-execution of the warrant issued on February 17, 2010. The police today suspended Delhi police constable Ram Niroha, posted as the Personal Security Officer of Sajjan Kumar.

Constable Niroha had approached the security wing on February 19 informing them that Kumar had gone missing from that day. The police has stationed a PCR van outside Sajjan Kumar's residence in Madipur.

Attorney Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, legal advisor of Sikhs For Justice stated that the disappearance of Sajjan Kumar shows his culpability in the killing of thousands of Sikhs during November 1984. He further stated that Sajjan Kumar disrespected the court's order twice and he along with other accused persons should be declared as proclaimed offenders.

During the court proceedings on February 23, 2010, CBI counsel asked the court to declare Sajjan Kumar and other accused as absconders. In another development, Court today refused the bail to co-accused Girdhari Lal. Girdhari Lal is one of the accused along with Sajjan Kumar amongst others involved in the massacre of Sikhs in November 1984. He was arrested by CBI and produced before the court on February 23, 2010 and is since in Judicial Custody.

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February 24, 2010

JAGDISH TYTLER’S CASE: COURT DIRECTS CBI TO GIVE WITNESSES’ STATEMENTS TO THE VICTIM’S ADVOCATE

Delhi Court today ordered CBI to furnish a copy of four statements, three affidavits of eye witness Giani Surinder Singh and the statement of eye witness Jasbir Singh to Sikhs for Justice’s attorneys. Court also directed CBI to provide the copy of closure report to Sikhs for Justice Counsel Vrinda Grover, representing Lakhwinder Kaur widow of Badal Singh who was killed during November 1984 Sikh massacre.

In December 2008, due to the efforts of Sikhs for Justice, CBI had come to USA and recorded statements of eye-witnesses Jasbir Singh and Giani Surinder Singh. Giani Surinder Singh's statement was recorded by CBI in New York on December 23-24, 2008. The statement was recorded in about 14 hours and Giani Surinder Singh had alleged harassment at the hands of CBI stating, "It seems that instead of Jagdish Tytler, they want to portray me as the perpetrator of the massacre. The questions CBI asked me should have been directed at Tytler, who brought the mob and directed them to kill the Sikhs first and rob them later." Giani Surinder Singh was the head Granthi of Gurdwara Pulbangash Sahib and witnessed burning alive of three Sikhs on November 1, 1984 by a mob led and directed by Jagdish Tytler.

Incidentally, Giani Surinder Singh died in July 2009 in mysterious circumstances while he had gone to India to testify against Jagdish Tytler.

Jasbir Singh's statement was recorded by CBI on December 25-26, 2008 in California. He had testified that he had seen Jagdish Tytler rebuking his men for not killing enough Sikhs in his constituency. After his media statement in 2007, Jasbir Singh alleged that he was contacted by someone close to Jagdish Tytler and offered bribe and was intimidated. Jasbir Singh had refused to change his statement.

Attorney Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, Legal Advisor, Sikhs For Justice stated that closure of cases against Jagdish Tytler despite such credible witnesses would be denial of justice. Attorney Pannun further stated that there are more witnesses who have come forward against Jagdish Tytler and would be produced before the court. Among the witnesses who have come forward are Resham Singh, Alam Singh and Chain Singh.

During November 1984 massacre of Sikhs, Resham Singh saw Jagdish Tytler outside Gurdwara Pulbangash Sahib, Delhi. Resham Singh’s account corroborates late Giani Surinder Singh’s statement. Giani Surinder Singh’s sworn and written statement to CBI clearly names the two eye witnesses Alam Singh and Chain Singh who were also present there with him. Whereas, the closure report of CBI does not even mention Alam Singh and Chain Singh.

Newspaper Coverage:

http://news.outlookindia.com/printitem.aspx?675197

http://www.dailypioneer.com/238317/84-riots-CBI-told-to-give-witnesses-version-copy-to-victim.html

http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report_1984-riots-cbi-told-to-give-witnesses-version-copy-to-victim_1352073

www.zeenews.com/news606710.html

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February 23, 2010

"DECLARE SAJJAN KUMAR ABSCONDER", SIKHS FOR JUSTICE

COURT ISSUES FRESH WARRANT AGAINST SAJJAN KUMAR; SLAMS CBI

SAJJAN KUMAR GO AGAINST COURT ORDERS AGAIN

Dismissing the investigating agency's alibis for not arresting Congress Leader Sajjan Kumar, Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Lokesh Kumar Sharma issued fresh non bailable warrants against him and the other accused in November 1984 massacre of Sikhs.

Showing resentment on the non-execution of the earlier non bailable warrant against Sajjan Kumar issued on February 17, 2010, Court slammed CBI for giving lame excuses for not arresting and producing Sajjan Kumar and other accused before the court. ACMM directed the Superintendent of Police concerned to ensure the execution of CBI personally under the supervision of the CBI Director.

ACMM further directed CBI to present Sajjan Kumar and other accused before court on March 10, 2010.

Also, court dismissed a plea by counsel for Sajjan Kumar, I.U. Khan to exempt him from personal appearance till his anticipatory bail application pending before the Delhi High Court was decided.

Facing a threat of arrest, Sajjan Kumar approched Delhi High Court to expedite the hearing on his anticipatory bail plea, but Delhi High Court refused the plea.

However, one accused Girdhari Lal was produced before court by CBI. ACMM remanded Girdhari Lal to judicial custody.

Attorney Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, legal advisor Sikhs For Justice stated that in such scenario, Sajjan Kumar should be arrested as early as possible as the matter relates to murder of thousands of Sikhs. He further stated that we are hopeful that the Delhi High Court would deny anticipatory bail to Sajjan Kumar.

Despite the fact that Sajjan Kumar was duty bound to honor the court's order, he disrespected the court's order twice. Sajjan Kumar didn't show up before the court either on February 17, 2010 or on February 23, 2010, thus proving his culpability in the killing of thousands of Sikhs during November 1984. Had he been innocent, he would have appeared before court to prove his innocence.

COURT PROCEEDING:

The CBI counsel said the bureau had conducted four raids at different places to nab the accused, including Sajjan Kumar, but failed to nab any of them except Girdhari Lal. Hearing this, the court pulled up the CBI, saying the bureau was not working properly.

Slamming CBI, the court said "Is this the manner in which the premier investigating agency is working? Why were efforts not made in the night hours when there was a high probability of the accused being present in their homes? It seems that CBI is not interested in investigating the matter." "The report you have submitted is just a stereotype report. I don't understand why the search is conducted on the residence of the accused? Is there no other place where these people are available?" the court asked.

Further the court said, "So far ground work is concerned, CBI does not seem to be serious enough to apprehend the accused. CBI wants to complete only paper work. These are all stereotype reports." On this the CBI counsel Y.K. Saxena said: "There is no other place where these people are available. These people are deliberately hiding."

Terming the arrest of Girdhari Lal as a catch of a small fish, the court said: "The investigating officers of the cases are not serious about arresting the accused. Their role is suspicious."

Demanding the accused persons should be declared as proclaimed offender under the due process of law, the CBI counsel said: "They are hiding and concealing some facts, so necessary steps should be made to declare them PO." On this Khan, Sajjan Kumar's Counsel said: "I am a law abiding citizen and am only waiting for the high court's order on the bail." On this, the judge said: "If you are a law abiding citizen, then where is he? He should obey the court's order first."

The court however dismissed the application made on behalf of the accused for exemption of personal appearance, stating: "The court will not work at the mercy of the accused. At present the accused persons are abusing their rights."

Newspaper Coverage:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/News-Feed/newdelhi/Court-slams-CBI-issues-fresh-warrant-against-Sajjan-Kumar/Article1-511965.aspx

http://beta.thehindu.com/news/cities/Delhi/article111972.ece?css=print

http://www.ndtv.com/news/india/court_slams_cbi_fresh_warrants_against_sajjan_kumar.php

http://in.news.yahoo.com/139/20100223/822/tnl-court-issues-fresh-non-bai...

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/5606595.cms?prtpage=1

http://www.zeenews.com/news606377.html

http://www.ptinews.com/news/531712_Court-slams-CBI-issues-fresh-NBW-against-Sajjan-Kumar

 http://www.breakingnewsonline.net/regional/935-arrest-warrant-issued-against-sajjan-kumar-in-84-riots-case.html

http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/uncategorized/fresh-warrant-against-...

http://www.samaylive.com/news/fresh-warrant-against-sajjan-kumar-for-198...

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February 22, 2010

DELHI HIGH COURT RESERVES ORDER ON SAJJAN KUMAR’S BAIL PLEA

The Delhi High Court today reserved its order on the anticipatory bail plea of Congress Leader Sajjan Kumar.

Sajjan Kumar is scheduled to appear before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Lokesh Kumar Sharma on February 23, 2010. On February 17, 2010 due to Sajjan Kumar’s non-appearance before the court ACMM Lokesh Kumar Sharma issued non bailable warrant against him.

Issuing warrant, ACMM Lokesh Kumar Sharma stated that the accused was called to appear before the court but he chose to challenge before Superior Court and rightly do but he could not get any relief. He was duty bound to honour the court's order," the ACMM said. Non bailable warrants are also issued against Peru, Mahendra Yadav, Brahmanand Gupta, Balwant Khokhar, Krishna Khokhar and Ved Prakash.

Facing a threat of arrest, Sajjan Kumar approached Delhi High Court pleading that his plea for anticipatory bail should be urgently heard.

Newspaper Coverage:

http://ibnlive.in.com/printpage.php?id=110543§ion_id=3

http://news.outlookindia.com/printitem.aspx?675055

http://in.news.yahoo.com/20/20100222/1416/tnl-hc-reserves-judgement-on-s...

http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/uncategorized/court-reserves-order-on-sajjan-kumars-bail-plea_100324369.html

http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/uncategorized/i-am-ready-for-narco-tests-sajjan-lead_100324481.html

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February 18, 2010

DELHI HIGH COURT REFUSES TO GIVE RELIEF TO SAJJAN KUMAR

Delhi High Court today refused to give interim relief to Congress leader Sajjan Kumar and six other accused on the non bailable warrant issued against them by ACMM Lokesh Kumar Sharma. Justice A K Pathak posted the hearing for February 22, 2010, stating that the matter requires no urgency.

On February 17, 2010, opening the possibility of Sajjan Kumar arrest, a Delhi Court issued non-bailable warrant against Sajjan Kumar in November 1984 Sikh massacre cases.

Taking exception to his non-appearance before the court Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Lokesh Kumar Sharma said that he was 'duty-bound' to appear before the court.

The matter is posted for February 23, 2010.

Newspaper Coverage:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/-84-Riots--Delhi-HC-refuses-to-give-relief-to-Sajjan-Kumar/581441

http://indiatoday.intoday.in/site/StoryPrint?sId=84650&secid=4&page=null

http://beta.thehindu.com/news/national/article108890.ece?css=print

http://www.deccanherald.com/content/52986/high-court-refuses-early-hearing.html

http://in.news.yahoo.com/43/20100218/812/tnl-no-relief-to-sajjan-kumar-f...

http://www.expressbuzz.com/edition/print.aspx?artid=uDaBMnIL1yY=

http://news.outlookindia.com/printitem.aspx?674750

http://www.ndtv.com/news/india/will_sajjan_kumar_be_arrested_today.php

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February 17, 2010

NON BAILABLE WARRANT ISSUED AGAINST SAJJAN KUMAR

Opening the possibility of Sajjan Kumar arrest, a Delhi Court today issued non-bailable warrant against Congress leader Sajjan Kumar in November 1984 Sikh massacre cases. Taking exception to his non-appearance before the court after the Delhi High Court refused to grant him relief, Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Lokesh Kumar Sharma said that he was 'duty-bound' to appear before the court.

Issuing warrant, ACMM Lokesh Kumar Sharma stated that the accused was called to appear before the court but he chose to challenge before Superior Court and rightly do but he could not get any relief. He was duty bound to honour the court's order," the ACMM said. Non bailable warrants are also issued against Peru, Mahendra Yadav, Brahmanand Gupta, Balwant Khokhar, Krishna Khokhar and Ved Prakash.

The next date of hearing is scheduled for February 23, 2010.

Earlier in the day, Delhi High Court adjourned till Thursday the hearing of Sajjan Kumar's plea seeking anticipatory bail. Sajjan Kumar approached the High Court against trial court's order, which had refused to grant him anticipatory bail.

Attorney Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, legal Advisor, Sikhs for Justice, stated that we are hopeful that the High Court would deny anticipatory bail to Sajjan Kumar and he would be arrested soon as the matter relates to murder. Sajjan Kumar has been charged for Murder (Sec 302); Criminal Conspiracy (Sec 120-B) and for spreading enmity between communities (Sec 153-A).

Newspaper Coverage:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/StoryPage/Print/509797.aspx

http://www.indianexpress.com/story-print/580962/ http://ibnlive.in.com/printpage.php?id=110295§ion_id=3

http://www.ndtv.com/news/india/sajjan_kumar_could_be_arrested_today.php

http://beta.thehindu.com/news/national/article108200.ece?css=print

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/5584094.cms?prtpage=1

http://www.ptinews.com/news/522140_-84-riots-case-Court-issues-NBW-again...

http://indiatoday.intoday.in/site/StoryPrint?sId=81865&secid=114&page=null

http://news.oneindia.in/2010/02/17/1984-riots-non-bailable-warrant-again...

http://news.in.msn.com/national/article.aspx?cp-documentid=3635277

http://in.news.yahoo.com/43/20100217/818/tnl-delhi-court-issues-warrant-...

http://news.rediff.com/report/2010/feb/17/riots-hc-defers-hearing-on-sajjans-plea.htm

http://ibnlive.in.com/printpage.php?id=110293§ion_id=3

http://www.zeenews.com/news604763.html

http://www.deccanherald.com/content/53250/congress-refuses-comment-sajja...

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February 16, 2010

DELHI HIGH COURT REFUSES REQUEST FOR URGENT HEARING BY CONGRESS LEADER SAJJAN KUMAR

The Delhi High Court today refused to give early hearing to Congress leader Sajjan Kumar's plea for anticipatory bail. Yesterday the lower court had rejected his anticipatory bail plea saying that the allegations against him on "face value" do not appear to be completely false.

Sajjan Kumar is scheduled to appear before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Lokesh Kumar Sharma on February 17, 2010.

Facing a threat of arrest, Sajjan Kumar approached Delhi High Court pleading that his plea for anticipatory bail should be urgently heard.

Newspaper Coverage:

http://www.indianexpress.com/story-print/580417/

http://www.zeenews.com/news604478.html

http://beta.thehindu.com/news/cities/Delhi/article107426.ece?css=print

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/msid-5579264,prtpage-1.cm...

http://www.hindustantimes.com/StoryPage/Print/509399.aspx

http://www.deccanherald.com/content/52986/84-riots-case-sajjan-approache...

http://indiatoday.intoday.in/site/StoryPrint?sId=84221&secid=114&page=nu...

http://www.ptinews.com/news/520302_-84-riots--HC-refuses-urgent-hearing-...

http://www.dailypioneer.com/236463/Sajjan-Kumar-approaches-HC-for-anticipatory-bail.html

http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/uncategorized/high-court-refuses-early-hearing-to-sajjan-kumar-lead_100321048.html

http://in.news.yahoo.com/48/20100216/804/tnl-84-riots-sajjan-approaches-del-hc-fo.html

http://www.samachaar.in/Delhi/Sajjan_Kumar_approaches_high_court_for_ant...

http://www.sakaaltimes.com/SakaalTimesBeta/20100216/5476839231126800458....

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February 15, 2010

COURT REJECTS ANTICIPATORY BAIL PLEA OF CONGRESS LEADER SAJJAN KUMAR

Court today rejected the anticipatory bail plea of Congress leader Sajjan Kumar and dismissed similar bail applications of Peru, Mahendra Yadav, Brahmanand Gupta, Balwant Khokhar, Krishna Khokhar and Ved Prakash. CBI earlier chargesheeted these six persons along with Sajjan Kumar in two cases for their involvement in November 1984 massacre of Sikhs.

The two charge sheets filed by the CBI pertain to killing of seven Sikhs in Sultanpuri, North-West Delhi and killing of five Sikhs in Delhi Cantonment during the November 1984 massacre of Sikhs.

Opposing the bail application, Special Public Prosecutor of CBI, Y K Saxena stated that the witnesses have been apprehensive and have specifically stated the role of Sajjan Kumar in the massacre, murder and arson during November 1984. He also stated that the provision of anticipatory bail should not be invoked in grave offences like murder.

The victims' counsel senior advocate H S Phoolka stated that it is a case of sensitive nature. He also stated that prosecution had become the instrument in the hands of the criminals in which the accused persons were acquitted.

Special Judge P S Teji refused to grant any relief to Sajjan Kumar and others.

On February 1, 2010, Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Lokesh Kumar Sharma has sought the presence of Sajjan Kumar and others before the court on February 17, 2010.

Attorney Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, Legal Advisor Sikhs for Justice stated that the legal team of Sikhs for Justice will oppose the bail plea of Sajjan Kumar and others in the High Court as well.

Newspaper Coverage:

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February 11, 2010

CBI OPPOSES BAIL PLEA OF SIX PERSONS CHARGESHEETED EARLIER

CBI today opposed the bail applications of Peru, Mahendra Yadav, Brahmanand Gupta, Balwant Khokhar, Krishna Khokhar and Ved Prakash before a Delhi Court. CBI chargesheeted these six persons along with Sajjan Kumar in two cases for their involvement in November 1984 massacre of Sikhs.

The two charge sheets filed by the CBI pertain to killing of seven Sikhs in Sultanpuri, North-West Delhi and killing of five Sikhs in Delhi Cantonment during the November 1984 massacre of Sikhs.

Opposing the bail application, Special Public Prosecutor of CBI, Y K Saxena stated that there were serious charges of murder and looting against the six accused and there was apprehension of their influencing the witnesses. The victims' counsel senior advocate H S Phoolka alleged that the accused were being given VIP treatment.

Special Judge P S Teji reserved the order on the anticipatory bail applications of the six accused for February 15, 2010.

The ACMM had earlier declined the plea of CBI to issue non-bailable warrants against Sajjan Kumar.

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February 10, 2010

JAGDISH TYTLER'S CASE: VICTIMS TO FILE PROTEST PETITION WHILE CBI CONCLUDES ITS ARGUMENTS BEFORE ACMM RAKESH PANDIT

The CBI today concluded its arguments before the court of ACMM Rakesh Pandit supporting its closure report giving a clean chit to former Union Minister Jagdish Tytler in a November 1984 Sikh massacre case. The CBI called the witness' statements as "false and concocted."

It may be recalled that in December 2008, due to the efforts of Sikhs for Justice, CBI had come to USA and recorded statements of eye-witnesses Jasbir Singh and Giani Surinder Singh. Giani Surinder Singh's statement was recorded by CBI in New York on December 23-24, 2008. The statement was recorded in about 14 hours and Giani Surinder Singh had alleged harassment at the hands of CBI stating, "It seems that instead of Jagdish Tytler, they want to portray me as the perpetrator of the massacre. The questions CBI asked me should have been directed at Tytler, who brought the mob and directed them to kill the Sikhs first and rob them later." Giani Surinder Singh was the head Granthi of Gurdwara Pulbangash Sahib and witnessed burning alive of three Sikhs on November 1, 1984 by a mob led and directed by Jagdish Tytler.

Incidentally, Giani Surinder Singh died in July 2009 in mysterious circumstances while he had gone to India to testify against Jagdish Tytler.

Jasbir Singh's statement was recorded by CBI on December 25-26, 2008 in California. He had testified that he had seen Jagdish Tytler rebuking his men for not killing enough Sikhs in his constituency. After his media statement in 2007,Jasbir Singh alleged that he was contacted by someone close to Jagdish Tytler and offered bribe and was intimidated. Jasbir Singh had refused to change his statement.

The court has allowed Sikhs for Justice Counsel Vrinda Grover, representing Lakhwinder Kaur widow of Badal Singh who was killed during the November 1984 Sikh massacre, to file a protest petition in the court against the closure. The court refused to give further time to CBI to advance arguments on its closure report. Advocate Vrinda Grover stated that the order of High Court to conclude the trials in all the massacre cases was applicable in this case as well.

Attorney Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, Legal Advisor, Sikhs For Justice stated that closure of cases against Jagdish Tytler despite such credible witnesses would be denial of justice. Mr. Pannun further stated that there are more witnesses who have come forward against Jagdish Tytler and would be produced before the court.

Newspaper Coverage:

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February 09, 2010

DELHI COURT ADJOURNS HEARING ON BAIL APPLICATION OF SIX PERSONS CHARGESHEETED BY CBI

Today Delhi Court adjourned the hearing on bail applications of Peru, Mahendra Yadav, Brahmanand Gupta, Balwant Khokhar, Krishna Khokhar and Ved Prakash to February 11, 2010. Earlier CBI chargesheeted these six persons for their involvement in November 1984 massacre of Sikhs.

The matter was adjourned by Special CBI Judge P.S. Teji after CBI's special prosecutor Y.K. Saxena submitted that he has yet to go through the bail applications and the case files. Moreover the Court asked the counsel for the accused to file the other applications relating to bail till tomorrow so that further hearing could be conducted smoothly.

On February 1, 2010, Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Lokesh Kumar Sharma issued summons against Sajjan Kumar amongst others pursuant to two charge sheets filed by CBI in the November 1984 massacre of Sikhs cases.

The two charge sheets filed by the CBI pertain to killing of seven Sikhs in Sultanpuri, North-West Delhi and killing of five Sikhs in Delhi Cantonment during the November 1984 massacre of Sikhs.Sajjan Kumar has been charged for Murder (Sec 302); Criminal Conspiracy (Sec 120-B) and for spreading enmity between communities (Sec 153-A).As per the charge sheet filed by the CBI, during the November 1984 massacre of Sikhs, Sajjan Kumar ordered local police officials to fire at Sikhs because of which three Sikhs were killed at Sultanpuri, Delhi.

CBI has also alleged that Sajjan Kumar instigated the mobs to burn Sikhs alive and he in collusion with one Bhatia, SHO Sultanpuri police station and other police officers led the mob. The CBI has stated that the statements recorded by all the eyewitnesses are reliable and there are no contradictions.

ACMM Lokesh Kumar Sharma has sought the presence of Sajjan Kumar and others before the court on February 17, 2010.

The ACMM however declined the plea of CBI to issue non-bailable warrants against Sajjan Kumar. On February 8, 2010, the division bench of Chief Justice AP Shah and Justice Rajiv Sahai of Delhi Court directed the lower court to conduct the trial of November 1984 massacre of Sikhs cases expeditiously and complete the trial of all pending cases within six months. Also, CBI and the Delhi government appointed senior advocates as Public Prosecutors to handle the cases of November 1984 massacre of Sikhs.

 

US LAWMAKERS CONCERNED REGARDING DENIAL OF JUSTICE TO VICTIMS OF NOVEMBER 1984 AND JOIN DRIVE FOR SECURING JUSTICE

California: February 8, 2010

Attorney Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, Legal advisor Sikhs For Justice stated that an “International Justice Awareness” campaign will be started from Vancouver, Canada from April 2010 to disseminate the correct information to the international community regarding Genocide of Sikhs in November 1984.

Attorney Pannun stated that Sikhs For Justice is engaging different international lobbying firms to get recognize the fact that massacre of Sikhs in November 1984 is not Anti-Sikh riots as portrayed by the Government of India for the last twenty five years But it is “Genocide” as the massacre of Sikhs were systematic, planned and organized by the Political leaders with the active help of Police and Paramilitary forces. Attorney Pannun further stated that lobbying firms will make efforts to move motions in US Congress, Canadian Parliament and in European Union States to recognize massacre of Sikhs in November 1984 as “Genocide”.

In a press release circulated by Sikhs for Justice it is informed that Members of the U.S. House of Representatives Ed Towns, Martin Heinrich and Brad Sherman have issued serious concern regarding denial of justice to victims of November 1984 Sikh Genocide.

Recognizing November 1984 massacre of Sikhs as “Genocide” US Congressman Ed Towns said “I want to join you in securing justice and punishment to perpetrators of Genocide of Sikhs in India. The Congressman Ed Town said, “Peace, justice, equality, respect for right to practice religion are the values we cherish and support. We have to get them (Government of India) to listen. I believe United States has the power to make them listen to the demand for justice. It is the duty of United States to preserve human rights around the globe”. The Congressman approved the resolution demanding country-wide enquiry into the Genocide of Sikhs in November 1984 and appended his signatures on the document which he said would be made a part of the Congressional record.

US Congressman Martin Heinrich stated the terrible events that transpired between October 31 and November 4, 1984 resulted in the heartbreaking loss of around 30, 000 Sikhs. “I am at a loss for words when I think about how many talented and innocent lives were needlessly lost, approximately 25 million people worldwide currently identify themselves as adherents of the Sikh faith, and I believe the size of this following is a testament to the religions strong message of devotion, truthful living, and equality of mankind.” It is my hope we will continue raising the level of awareness of this genocide so that investigations are conducted and justice is ultimately achieved.

US Congressman Brad Sherman stated that “Justice Awareness: November 1984 Sikh Genocide, is dedicated to strengthening global awareness and recognition of the November 1984 Sikh Genocide. It is important for all citizens to be aware off the current complex issues regarding human rights and what it may mean worldwide……….the important mission of creating a national community that is cognizant of this injustice and generating support in educating those who are unaware of the inhumane acts bestowed upon Sikhs in 1984”.

Attorney Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, Legal advisor Sikhs For Justice stated that their organization with the support of All India Sikh Students Federation President Karnail Singh Peermohammad will start “Justice Awareness” campaign in all eighteen states where Sikhs were massacred during November 1984 to document Victims, Survivors and Witnesses.

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February 08, 2010

DELHI HIGH COURT DIRECTED THE LOWER COURT TO COMPLETE THE TRIAL OF ALL PENDING CASES WITHIN SIX MONTHS

SPECIAL PUBLIC PROSECUTORS APPOINTED BY CBI AND DELHI

GOVERNMENT The division bench of Chief Justice AP Shah and Justice Rajiv Sahai of Delhi Court today directed the lower court to conduct the trial of November 1984 massacre of Sikhs cases expeditiously and complete the trial of all pending cases within six months.

The High Court had earlier on February 3, 2010 reprimanded the CBI and told them to be sensitive in these cases. The Hon’ble court had told CBI that they should respect the sentiments of victims of November 1984 Sikh massacre and expedite the hearing of the cases which the court called a reasonable demand. The court had directed the CBI and Delhi government to appoint special prosecutors for the cases.

Advocate HS Phoolka appearing for the victims stated that the CBI and Delhi Police are handling the cases in casual and slipshod manner and pleaded that special prosecutors be appointed as done in the Gujarat cases.

Both CBI and the Delhi government have now appointed senior advocates as Public Prosecutors to handle the cases of November 1984 massacre of Sikhs.

Senior advocate R S Cheema and advocate Y K Saxena has been appointed as Special Public Prosecutor by CBI to handle trial court cases and Additional Solicitor General A S Chandhiok has been appointed for High Court cases. Senior advocate B S Joon has been appointed by Delhi government to handle trial court cases while senior advocate H J S Ahluwalia has been appointed for High Court cases.

Attorney Gurpatwant S Pannun, Legal Advisor of Sikhs for Justice stated that owing to the justice campaign more and more witnesses are coming forward and the legal team of Sikhs for Justice will soon file PIL petition before the High Courts of different states to force the Government to disclose the number of Sikh causalities in respective states.

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February 03, 2010

CBI PULLED UP BY COURT FOR NOT APPOINTING SPECIAL PUBLIC PROSECUTORS

The Delhi High Court today pulled up the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for not appointing Special Public Prosecutors to expedite the November 1984 Sikh massacre cases pending before the trial court.

Division bench of Chief Justice AP Shah and Justice Rajiv Sahai has asked the CBI to respond by February 8, 2010 as to who can be appointed as special public prosecutors. Reprimanding the CBI, the court told the CBI that they should respect the sentiments of people involved in this and stated that it's a reasonable demand for expediting the hearing of cases.

The bench asked CBI that when special lawyers can be appointed for probing the Gujarat cases why not it could not be done for Novemebr 1984 Sikh massacre cases.

Petitioner's counsel HS Phoolka stated that the case itself is a shame for our country and the delay is harming it more.

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February 01, 2010

SUMMONS ISSUED TO SAJJAN KUMAR IN KILLING OF SIKHS DURING NOVEMBER 1984

Pursuant to the chargesheets filed by the CBI, ACMM Lokesh Kumar Sharma today issued summons against senior Congress leader and former Member Parliament Sajjan Kumar amongst others in two cases involving killing of seven Sikhs in Sultanpuri, North-West Delhi and kiling of five Sikhs in Delhi Cantonment in November 1984. Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Lokesh Kumar Sharma has sought the presence of Sajjan Kumar and others before the court on February 17, 2010.

The ACMM however declined the plea of CBI to issue non-bailable warrants against the accused. Senior Advocate and Sikhs for Justice's counsel HS Phoolka and advocate Kamna Vohra stated that non-bailable warrants should be issued against the accused as there was gravity of offence involved in the matter. Mr. Phoolka further submitted that when there is an apprehension that accused may tamper with the evidence and influence the witnesses, the court has discretion to issue non-bailable warrants against them. He also referred two judgements of the High Court to buttress his arguments.

Attorney Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, Legal Advisor Sikhs for Justice has stated that more witnesses are coming forward to testify and witnesses would be produced against Jagdish Tytler, Kamal Nath, Amitabh Bachan, Bhajan Lal, Arjun Singh, Arun Nehru, Vasant Sathe and 71 police officers involved in the November 1984 massacre of Sikhs.

Next date of Hearing: February 17, 2010

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