SC judge declines to hear 1984 Sikh riots convict’s appeal
A senior Supreme Court judge has declined to hear a petition filed by a ‘1984 Sikh riots’ convict against the decision taken by a High Court to give the convict one of the maximum punishment of life imprisonment.
The convict is more than seventy-three years old. He is languishing in the prison for crimes as serious as murder.
It was on last December that the High Court found him guilty of at least five murders and awarded him the severe sentence of life imprisonment. He surrendered before law in that month itself.
The 1984 Sikh riots, occurred in and around the national capital of India in the aftermath of the assassination of Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards, is one of the most disastrous riots happened in the country in the recent history. An Independent says that tens of thousands of people were killed in the riot. The report also says that it was some political leaders who plotted the riots. It is interesting to note that most of those who were arrested in connection with the riots were affiliated to the political party linked to the assassinated leader.
Vignesh. S. G
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