DELHI: The Supreme Court of India has acquitted 15 convicts linked to a case relating to the 1984 anti-Sikh genocide.The punishment of all these convicts was retained by the Delhi High Court.
A Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi said there was no direct evidence against these men and they were not identified by witnesses.
On November 28, 2018, the Delhi High Court upheld the conviction 1996 verdict of the trial court in connection with the massacre of Sikhs in Trilokpuri. The lower court sentenced all the culprits to 5 years imprisonment.
The Supreme Court, while announcing its decision to reverse the convictions stated that no direct evidence has been found in the genocide against these 15 people nor have witnesses identified them. For this reason they have been acquitted.
Hundreds of Sikhs were butchered to death in Trilokpuri during the November 1984 genocide. Despite the evidence of witnesses, NGO’s and several Indian Government commissions, those responsible for the violence have continued to evade justice for thirty-five years.