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1984 Anti-Sikh Pogrom Anti-Sikh Riots Witness Again Fails To Record Statement Due To Ill Health


1947-2014 (Archived)
Jun 17, 2004
NEW DELHI: After seeking exemption from deposing before the court on Monday citing ill-health, a key witness in the 1984 anti-sikh riots case allegedly involving senior congress leader Sajjan Kumar once again failed to get her statement recorded after she developed uneasiness during the proceedings on Tuesday.

Additional sessions judge Sunita Gupta posted the matter for Wednesday as Jagdish Kaur, a key witness in the Delhi Cantonment case, developed high blood pressure while in court. She was taken to a hospital due to the same problem on Monday. Her counsel had yesterday informed the court that her blood pressure was very high and she was being treated in Ganga Ram Hospital.

Meanwhile, counsel for the Congress leader sought court's direction to put the matter for any future date instead of fixing it on a day-to-day basis. The court did not allow it and said the matter should be disposed of within six months, as directed by the Delhi high court. Kaur had on July 3 identified Kumar and his nephew Balwant Khokkar and his two accomplices Girdhari Lal and Captain Bhagmal as the persons who had allegedly instigated mobs during the carnage.

The defence counsel had refuted the allegations saying there were many inconsistencies in her statements which were recorded earlier before various authorities including the Nanavati Commission, the CBI and the district magistrate. The cross-examination of the witness is likely to resume on Wednesday.

Kaur's family members were killed in the riots that broke out following the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984. The court had on May 28 framed charges of murder and spreading enmity between two communities against Kumar in the riots case, saying there are sufficient grounds for presuming that the violence was due to a "well-planned conspiracy'' in Delhi Cantonment area.

Anti-sikh riots witness again fails to record statement due to ill-health - Delhi - City - The Times of India
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