The Supreme Court on Tuesday granted bail to 23 accused who have challenged a Delhi High Court verdict sentencing them to five-year jail term after holding them guilty in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case registered in Trilokpuri area.
A Bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi indicated that their appeals would be heard in due course after the Solicitor General, Mr. Tushar Mehta, said the state had filed a petition seeking review of the top court’s earlier order acquitting 15 other accused in the case for want of evidence.
The Supreme Court had on July 5 asked the NCT Government and Delhi Police to respond to petitions filed by the 23 accused challenging a Delhi High Court verdict convicting and sentencing them to five-year jail term.
Almost 3,000 people were killed, most of them in Delhi, in the riots that broke out following the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984. The instant case related to riots in Trilokpuri between October 31 and November 3.
The accused were convicted of rioting, burning houses and violation of curfew in Triokpuri area during the riots.
These appeals were filed after the Supreme Court on April 30 acquitted 15 of the accused convicted in the case and awarded five-year jail terms for offences of rioting, burning houses and violation of curfew in East Delhi’s Trilokpuri.