New Delhi: The Delhi High Court has agreed to hear the appeal of a convict challenging the trial court judgement. Yashpal Singh was sentenced to death by the trial court. (Also read: SIT to Have Two Members, Says SC)
Life imprisonment was handed out to Naresh Sherawat and the trial court had held that Yashpal Singh’s offence fell under the “rarest of rare” category warranting the death penalty.
The duo was convicted for killing Hardev Singh and Avtar Singh in Mahipalpur area of South Delhi on November 1, 1984, during the riots that had taken place after Indira Gandhi was assassinated at her residence by the two Sikh bodyguards a day before.
A mob of about 500 persons, led by the two convicts, had encircled the house of the victims and had killed them. It was just one of the may incidents in Delhi which saw around 3,000 people being killed in riots.
The Delhi Police had closed this case in 1994 for want of evidence.
Meanwhile, the state and police have also approached the high court for reference of his capital punishment. The high court has now fixed December 19 for hearing in both the cases.
There have been two verdicts in the anti-Sikh riots case in ten days, including death penalty to a convict for the killing of two men.
The Delhi High Court upheld the conviction of 70 out of the 89 people, who were awarded five-year jail term by a trial court, for rioting, burning houses and violation of curfew in Trilok Puri area here during the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.
Of the remaining 19 persons, 16 had died during the pendency of their appeal against the trial court’s August 27, 1996 decision and the appeals of three others were dismissed after they absconded, the high court noted in its judgement.