1984 anti-Sikh riots case: Court reserves judgement

New Delhi: A court here reserved its judgement in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case in which Congress leader Sajjan Kumar and five others are accused.

District jugde JR Aryan fixed the matter for April 16 for clarification, if any, from CBI or the six accused persons after they concluded the final arguments in the case.

“Judgement is reserved. To come up for clarification, if any, on April 16,” according to the judge.

Concluding the final arguments, CBI prosecutor DP Singh said that the prosecution has limited itself to what each of the witnesses had seen at the time of the incident.

The witnesses have given honest versions of what they all had seen during the riots, he said, alleging that in all the complaints wherever Kumar’s name had cropped up, it was “immediately eliminated” from the police records.

During the arguments, Kumar’s counsel IU Khan told the court that there were material contradictions in statements of the witnesses, including complainant Jagdish Kaur.

Khan said Kaur had not taken Kumar’s name anywhere in any of her affidavits filed before various judicial commissions, constituted to probe the riots-related cases, till 2010.

“When she (Kaur) appeared in the court in 2010 to record her statement, she gave us a shock by naming Sajjan Kumar for the first time and said something which was not there in the records,” he argued.

Kumar is facing trial along with five others–Balwan Khokkar, Kishan Khokkar, Mahender Yadav, Girdhari Lal and Captain Bhagmal – for allegedly inciting a mob against the Sikh community in Delhi Cantonment area.

The case relates to anti-Sikh riots that had broken out after the assassination of the then prime minister Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984.

1984 riots: CBI says eyewitness are trustworthy

In Delhi CBI told in court here that the complainant in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case in which Congress leader Sajjan Kumar and five others are facing trial is an “eyewitness” to the killings and her statement is “trustworthy”.

Advancing final arguments before District Judge JR

Aryan, senior advocate RS Cheema, appearing for CBI, said complainant Jagdish Kaur had “seen the killings in front of her and she has neither changed her stand nor tried to exaggerate the facts in the court”.

Kaur had lost her husband, a young son and three brothers during the riots.

“She saw her husband and son being killed by the mob in front of her eyes and she also lost her three brothers during the riots.

“She is a person of extra ordinary courage and memory who is doing everything to get justice. She is a witness of truth and has not changed her stand,” the counsel submitted.

He said she had not attempted to name in her affidavits those persons whom she had not seen during the riots.

Sajjan Kumar is facing trial along with five others – Balwan Khokkar, Kishan Khokkar, Mahender Yadav, Girdhari Lal and Captain Bhagmal – for allegedly inciting a mob against the Sikh community in Delhi Cantonment area.

The case relates to anti-Sikh riots that had broken out after the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984.

Advocate Anil Sharma, counsel for the accused, had earlier contended that there were several contradictions in the statements of the witnesses. The counsel had questioned the “conduct” of Jagdish Kaur.

Meanwhile, Jagdish Kaur and another witness Nirpreet Kaur moved an application in the court seeking for permission to bring two news articles of 1984 about Sajjan Kumar of 1984.

They have also sought the court’s permission to summon editors of the two English dailies.