Delhi Assembly passes resolution demanding Rajiv Gandhi’s Bharat Ratna be withdrawn

  • Delhi Assembly on December 21, 2018 passed a resolution demanding that Bharat Ratna awarded to former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi be withdrawn over the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. 
  • The resolution moved by AAP MLA Jarnail Singh was passed by a voice vote in the House. It termed the anti-Sikh riots as a genocide. 
  • The resolution said, Delhi government should strongly convey in writing to the Union Home Ministry  that justice continues to elude the families and near-dear ones of the victims. 
  • The Delhi Assembly directed the city government to impress upon the Centre that it should take all important and necessary steps to specifically include crimes against humanity and genocide in India’s domestic criminal laws, as recommended by the Delhi High Court in its recent landmark judgment sentencing Sajjan Kumar and other convicts to life imprisonment. 
  • In 1991 the Government of India had posthumously awarded Rajiv Gandhi the Bharat Ratna, the country’s highest civilian award.

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