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Delhi High Court orders retrial in five 1984 anti-Sikh riots cases
On Wednesday, the Delhi High Court ordered retrial in five 1984 anti-Sikh riots cases. Incidentally, all the accused were acquitted in 1986.

The order was passed by a bench of Justices Gita Mittal and Anu Malhotra. The bench also issued show-cause notices to all the accused asking why the case against them should not be tried again.

The court issued the notices based on suo motu cognizance of the case taken by the court after perusing the trial court records regarding the acquittal in those cases.

The ABI had placed the records of the trial court before the High Court during hearing of another 1984 riots case in which the acquittal of Congress leader Sajjan Kumar has been challenged by the agency.

The bench, while directing Delhi Police to investigate the matter, had also observed that the case was decided in a hurried manner and that neither the witnesses nor the complainant was examined properly by the trial courts.

The next date of the hearing has been fixed for April 20. The complainants have been asked to appear before the court. The bench also issued notice to various accused, including ex-councillor Balwan Khokkar, former MLA Mahender Yadav and Ved Prakash.

Earlier, the Supreme Court had asked the Union government to submit files of 199 cases of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots which the special investigation team had decided to close.

The riots had broken out after the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1984 by her Sikh bodyguard.

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