Former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated by two Sikh bodyguards on October 31st, 1984. Hours after her death, Delhi and other cities with Sikh population witnessed large-scale rioting. Over the next few days, horrific mass killings of Sikhs were reported. The carnage of 1984 is perhaps the worst human tragedy India has faced. And what aggravated the pain of the riot victims was that even three decades later, none of the main accused in the case was prosecuted. After a 34-year-long wait, the Delhi High Court convicted a senior Congress leader Sajjan Kumar in one of the multiple anti-Sikh riots cases. The verdict came on a day when the Congress formed governments in three states – MP, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh – and the new MP Chief Minister is also charged of inciting mob violence during the riots.
In this episode of IN DEPTH, we take a look at the High Court judgement against Sajjan Kumar, the case in which he was convicted, and why justice in the 1984 riots cases was delayed for so long.
Anchor: Teena Jha