Newsletters - May 2010
May 31, 2010
CLEAN CHIT TO TYTLER CHALLENGED IN COURT
Hearing on June 1, 2010 before the Sessions Judge, Karkardooma Sikhs For Justice, who along with All India Sikh Students Federation, is spearheading a legal campaign against denial of justice to the victims of November 1984 Massacre of Sikhs filed a revision petition challenging the order of Additional Chief Metropolitans Magistrate Rakesh Pandit acquitting Jagdish Tytler on April 27, 2010 Advocate Navkiran Singh who heads the legal team on behalf of Sikhs for Justice along with Advocate Kamna Vohra filed the Revision petition on behalf of complainant Lakhwinder Kaur before Sessions Court Karkardooma on May 29th challenging the order of Additional Chief Metropoliton Magistrate Rakesh Pandit acquitting Jagdish Tytler on April 27, 2010.
Advocate Navkiran Singh and Kamna Vohra stated that the revision petition has been filed on the ground that there is clear evidence of Criminal Conspiracy against Jagdish Tytler which has been overlooked in this case. Advocate Navkiran Singh stated that they are hopeful that through revision petition the case against Jagdish Tytler would be reopened and charges of murder, conspiracy and destroying of religious place will be framed against Tytler. Senior Advocate HS Phoolka who has been representing the victims of the November 1984 Sikh massacre for the last 26 years stated that the court while accepting the closure report did not take into account the conspiracy angle which Jagdish Tytler entered into to perpetrate the killings of the Sikhs.
Advocate HS Phoolka stated that in November 1984 Jagdish Tytler openly supported the perpetrators of the massacre. Advocate Phoolka pointed to the Joint Inquiry report "who are the Guilty" published in November 1984, wherein it is clearly mentioned that on November 6, 1984 Tytler barged in to the office of the then police Commissioner S.C. Tandon while he was holding a press conference to demand the release of his men who were detained by the police for perpetrating the massacre. Attorney Gurpatwant Singh Pannun Legal Advisor Sikhs For Justice stated that all legal remedies seeking justice will be exhausted in India and then the case of massacre of Sikhs will be filed in International Criminal Court of Justice. Attorney Pannun further stated that the CBI acted as the defense team for Ttyler and ignored material witnesses Resham Singh, Alam Singh and Chain Singh who saw Jagdish Tytler leading the violent mob at Gurudwara Pulbangash on November 1, 1984. Witness Jasbir Singh who is based in California, USA stated that if the charges of murder against Tytler will be framed he will go to India to testify in the court against Jagdish Tytler.
The complainant Lakhwinder Kaur stated the wounds inflicted upon her 25 years back have been reopened by the order of the court acquitting Jagdish Tytler who she says caused the death of her husband Badal Singh. All India Sikh Student Federation President Karnail Singh Peermohammed who has been pursuing the legal cases of November 1984 Sikh Massacre along with Sikhs for Justice for the last three years stated that acquittal of Jagdish Tytler is denial of Justice and proves that killers of minorities in India will never be punished. The revision petition is to come up for hearing on June 1, 2010 before the Sessions Judge, Karkardooma Court
May 25, 2010
SAJJAN KUMAR TO BE CHARGED ON FRIDAY
A Delhi Court today deferred the order of framing of charges against Congress Leader Sajjan Kumar for his role in killing of Sikhs during the November 1984 Sikh Genocide to May 28, 2010.
The charges will be framed under Murder (Sec 302); Dacoity (Sec 395); Mischief to property (427) and for spreading enmity between communities (Sec 153-A). Besides Sajjan Kumar, the other accused in the case are Balwan Khokhar, Mahender Yadav, Maha Singh, Capt Bhagmal, Santosh Rani, Girdhari Lal and Krishna Khokhar. This case relates to killing of five Sikhs in Delhi Cantonment area by mob led by Sajjan Kumar and other accused during the November 1984 Sikh Genocide.
May 20, 2010
AFTER 25 YEARS CONGRESS LEADER SAJJAN KUMAR GETS CHARGED FOR MURDER
The sustained struggle for Justice by victims of November 1984 Sikh Genocide, Human Rights Advocacy group Sikhs For Justice and All India Sikh Student Federation (AISSF) bore fruit when a Delhi Court ordered framing of chargesagainst Congress Leader Sajjan Kumar for his role in killing of Sikhs during the November 1984 Sikh Genocide.
The charges will be framed under Murder; Looting, Dacoity and Robbery; Spreading enmity between communities; Violation of curfew orders, Arson, burning of Gurudwara and burning of Houses. Additional Sessions Judge Sunita Gupta allowed CBI's plea seeking prosecution of Sajjan Kumar under various sections of Indian Penal Code after finding prima facie evidence against him. Besides Sajjan Kumar, the other accused in the case are Balwan Khokhar, Mahender Yadav, Maha Singh, Capt Bhagmal, Santosh Rani, Girdhari Lal and Krishna Khokhar.
This case relates to killing of five Sikhs in Delhi Cantonment area by a mob led by Sajjan Kumar and other accused during the November 1984 Sikh Genocide. On the basis of recommendations of Justice Nanavati Commission, this case was entrusted to CBI in 2005 for further investigation/ reinvestigation against Sajjan Kumar and other accused.
Sikhs for Justice and AISSF are pursuing a legal battle in Indian courts to get punished those guilty of killing Sikhs during the November 1984 Sikh Genocide in India. Sikhs for Justice has established a legal team headed by Advocate Kamna Vohra along with Advocate Navkiran Singh. Advocates have also been appointed to represent the CBI including Senior Advocate Mr. RS Cheema, Mr. DP Singh and Mr. Y.P. Saxena. Senior advocate Mr. HS Phoolka who represents the victims of the Genocide from last 25 years said that the framing of the charges will pave for trial in the case.
The Delhi High Court had earlier issued direction to complete the trial within six months of cases relating to November 1984 Sikh Genocide. The trial will be held on day today basis. Advocate Kamna Vohra appearing for the victims stated this is a very important development and she is very hopeful that the perpetrators of the November 1984 Sikh Genocide will be punished.
AISSF President Karnail Singh Peermohammed stated that though delayed, he is hopeful that justice will be done. He stated that the wounds of the Sikh community will be healed only after the killers of the Sikhs are punished by law. In January 2010, CBI filed two charge sheets against Sajjan Kumar for his role in the November 1984 massacre of Sikhs. The chargesheets pertained to killing of seven Sikhs in Sultanpuri, North-West Delhi and killing of five Sikhs in Delhi Cantonment in November 1984.
The charges in this case will be formally framed in the court on May 24, 2010.
Besides this case the Sikhs for Justice legal time is currently pursuing 32 Appeals involving 98 accused in Delhi High Court and 3 Appeals against acquittal of accused at the Supreme Court of India.
May 12, 2010
SIKHS CONTINUE TO PROTEST AGAINST KAMAL NATH HUNDREDS OF SIKHS PROTESTED AGAINST KAMAL NATH'S VISIT TO UK
Hundreds of Sikhs under the banner of Sikh Federation, UK protested the visit of Indian Minister Kamal Nath to the United Kingdom and chanted slogans on the periphery of Regent's Park outside the London Business School, UK. The demonstration was not at all subsided even though Kamal Nath didn't attend the conference. Jagtar Singh, an advisor to Sikh Federation, UK stated that "They decided to go ahead anyway because the police would not confirm that Kamal Nath would not attend."
During the demonstration against Kamal Nath, Professor Sir Andrew Likierman, Dean of London Business School spoke to the Sikhs and took the postcards presenting the clear evidence against Kamal Nath's role in November 1984 Sikh Genocide to distribute in the conference. In the coming weeks, Senior Advocate HS Phoolka will be taking the first case against Indian Minister Kamal Nath through the Delhi courts Kamal Nath led the mob that attacked Gurudwara Rakab Ganj in Delhi during November 1984 Sikh Genocide where many Sikhs were burnt alive. According to the Indian Express reporter Manish Sanjay Suri, Kamal Nath was in control of the mob and led the mob outside Gurudwara Rakab Ganj, Delhi.
In March 2010, during Kamal Nath's visit to Canada several Justice Rallies were coordinated by Sikhs for Justice against Kamal Nath in Toronto and Ottawa. As a result of Justice Rallies, several Canadian MPs supported the Justice Rallies which includeLiberal MP Andrew Kania, Brampton West, MP Sukh Dhaliwal, Newton-North Delta, MP Navdeep Singh Bains, PC and MP Tim Uppal, Edmonton-Sherwood Park.
Canadian New Democrat Leader Jack Layton stated that a "divisive and controversial" politician had been invited to Canada and urged his caucus members to boycott Kamal Nath events.
In April 2010, during Kamal Nath's visit to United States, Sikhs for Justice held the "Justice Rally" against Kamal Nath's visit outside McGraw Hill Auditorium, New York. On April 06, 2010, during Kamal Nath's visit to USA, Sikhs For Justice and Victims of November 1984 Sikh Genocide filed a case against Kamal Nath in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York charging Nath with human rights violations under the Alien Torts Claims Act and the Torture Victims Protection Act. Honorable Judge Sweet issued summons and ordered Kamal Nath to respond to the allegations within twenty one days
May 4, 2010
SAJJAN KUMAR'S CASE: CBI SEEKS INITIATION OF TRIAL AGAINST SAJJAN KUMAR
CBI today sought initiation of trial against Sajjan Kumar in the case pertaining to killing of five Sikhs in Delhi Cantonment area during November 1984 Sikh genocide. CBI counsel said that there was enough material in the statement of witnesses to frame charges against the accused. The court which heard the arguments by the CBI and defense counsel for the last several days on framing of charges reserved its order for May 15, 2010.