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S.G.P.C., Akal Takht to Appeal Sajjan Kumar's Acquittal

By P.T.I.

Outlook, Dec. 23, 2002

"Expressing 'shock and disbelief' over the acquittal of Congress leader Sajjan Kumar and others in the anti-Sikh riots case by a Delhi court today, S.G.P.C. chief Prof. Kirpal Singh Badungar said an appeal will be filed against the verdict. . . . 'If those responsible for the carnage of Sikhs and travails of widows are freed after 18 years in this way, Sikhs will lose faith in courts,' he told reporters. The judgement has shaken the entire Sikh community, Badungar said. The S.G.P.C. chief said it was shocking that Kumar, who allegedly masterminded the riots, has been acquitted and added that an appeal would be filed against the verdict. Expressing anguish over the acquittals, Akal Takht jathedar Joginder Singh Vedanti said in Amritsar 'this act has once again opened 18 year old wounds.' "