1984 Anti-Sikh Pogrom 1984 Riots Case: Sajjan Aide Pleads Innocence


1947-2014 (Archived)
New Delhi: A former MLA, facing trial along with Congress leader Sajjan Kumar in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case relating to killing of six persons in Delhi Cantonment area, on Friday claimed innocence before a city court saying it was a conspiracy to ruin his political career.

"I was not involved in the 1984 riots. It was a conspiracy to tarnish my image and political career," Mahender Yadav, who is an aide of Sajjan, told Additional Sessions Judge Sunita Gupta.

Yadav claimed he was not involved in any manner in the riots and he had already been acquitted by a city court earlier in another 1984 riot related case.

In his defence, Yadav submitted he was deliberately made a target in this case in an illegal manner.

Four prosecution witnesses - Nirpreet Kaur, Joginder Singh, Jagdish Kaur and Jagsher Singh - had deposed against Yadav and also identified him in the court.

The court is likely to begin recording of statement of third accused Kishan Khokkar from Monday while Sajjan Kumar is expected to be testify before the court on July 13.

The court had on Thursday concluded the recording of the statement of former city councillor Balwan Khokkar, another accused in the case.

Balwan Khokkar had said he did not participate in the 1984 carnage in which several Sikhs were killed, contending that he rather helped them by giving shelter.

Besides Sajjan, Balwan and Yadav, other accused in the case are Krishan Khokkar, Captain Bhagmal and Girdhari Lal.


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