Close to 37 years after an Indian Airlines flight to Srinagar was hijacked and taken to Lahore, a Delhi court on Monday acquitted two Dal Khalsa activists as the case came up for prosecution only when they filed discharge applications, and as they had already been convicted and served time in Pakistan.
Satnam Singh and Tajinder Pal Singh were charged with waging war as they were part of a five-member gang that hijacked IC-423 from Delhi to Srinagar in 1981 to demand the release of Damdami Taksal head Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale. "This is a unique case as the prosecution against accused persons was not launched or initiated by the police but got initiated when they filed discharge applications," additional sessions judge Ajay Pandey said.
The prosecution began after Satnam was discharged in case. The accused persons are thus granted the benefit of the doubt and acquitted of the charges levelled against them," a Delhi court held.
On August 30, 2012, a court took cognisance of the offences under Sections 121 (waging war against India), 121A (conspiracy to commit an offence of section 121), 124A (sedition) and 122B (collecting arms with an intention to wage war) of IPC and issued non-bailable warrants against the accused.
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