CHANDIGARH: Punjab CM Amarinder Singh hailed the conviction of former Congress leader Sajjan Kumar in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, but also claimed that “neither Congress nor the Gandhi family” played any role in the violence in Delhi.

Amarinder said on Monday that he had been naming Sajjan Kumar, along with former Congress leaders Dharam Das Shastri, H K L Bhagat and Arjun Das for the past 34 years, based on information he had received from victims in refugee camps in Delhi. Sajjan, he said, was the only surviving former Congress leader implicated in the riots.

The CM, however, did not mention the name of Jagdish Tytler, another surviving Congress leader who is accused of having a role in the riots. Reacting to Delhi high court sentencing the former Congress MP to life term in prison, Amarinder said the conviction vindicated the stand he had been taking since the days of the violence perpetrated against thousands of innocent Sikhs in the wake of the assassination of the then Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi.

“The reversal, by the HC, of the earlier acquittal of Sajjan by a trial court has once again proved that the judiciary in India continues to stand tall as a pillar of the nation’s democratic system,” he said in a press statement.

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