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1984 Sikh riots: Release of accused stayed

NEW DELHI: Delhi Lieutenant Governor Tejendra Khanna has reversed a decision of commuting life sentence of a convict in 1984 anti-Sikh riots case and asked Delhi\'s Sentence Review Board to giv

Published: 16th February 2012 09:47 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2012 05:57 PM   |  A+A-

NEW DELHI: Delhi Lieutenant Governor Tejendra Khanna has reversed a decision of commuting life sentence of a convict in 1984 anti-Sikh riots case and asked Delhi's Sentence Review Board to give it a relook following protests by a section of Sikh community.

The decision to send the case again to State Review Board was taken following opposition by a section of Sikh community to the decision to commute life sentence of Kishori Lal, 48, a former butcher from Trilokpuri in East Delhi who was accused of stabbing to death several people in the neighbourhood during the riots.

"The State Review Board has been asked by the Lt Governor to review the Lal's case again," sources said on Wednesday.

Lal had been sentenced to death in at least five cases by the lower courts.

The Supreme Court, later, commuted them to life terms. The Tihar jail authorities had recommended to SRB to commute life sentence of Lal, lodged there since 1996, and release him on the grounds of good conduct and certain other criteria.

Following the recommendation, the SRB had sent Lal's plea to Khanna last year for consideration.

The life sentence of Lal was commuted by the Lt Governor earlier this month, the sources said.

A section of the Sikh community had strongly opposed the government's decision of commuting the life sentence of Lal.



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