1984 Anti-Sikh Pogrom Court Resumes Recording Of Statements In ’84 Sikh Riots

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Oct 5, 2008
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Court resumes recording of statements in ’84 Sikh riots

TNN, Sep 30, 2010, 02.35am IST

Tags:sajjan kumar|i u khan|1984 riots

NEW DELHI: Following the apex court's dismissal of the plea of former MP Sajjan Kumar to quash all the charges against him pertaining to 1984 anti-sikh riots, a trial court on Wednesday resumed recording of statements of witnesses in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case against the politician.

The proceedings started with the cross-examination of Jagdish Kaur who rejected suggestions that she was implicating the Congress leader at the behest of his political opponents. ''It is incorrect to suggest that the mentioning of Sajjan Kumar was done and his presence in the meeting introduced for the first time at the behest of his political opponents and Gurudwara persons (Akali Dal),'' Kaur, testifying as first prosecution witness, said before additional sessions judge Sunita Gupta.

The witness, examined by I U Khan, counsel for Sajjan, said, ''Curfew (imposed after the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi), was only a farce and in fact people were moving in the streets. It is incorrect to suggest that due to imposition of curfew, nobody was permitted to come out''.

The proceedings relating to the case involving the killing of five persons began as the Supreme Court had said on September 20 that the materials placed by CBI were sufficient to proceed against Kumar. Earlier, the Supreme Court had stayed the trial. Kumar, a former outer Delhi MP, is facing prosecution in two cases in which he was accused of inciting a mob against Sikh community in the aftermath of Indira Gandhi's assassination on October 31, 1984.

The trial court had in May this year framed charges against Kumar and five others under Sections 302, 395, 427, 153A and other provisions of IPC.

Read more: Court resumes recording of statements in ’84 Sikh riots - The Times of India http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...-riots-/articleshow/6655070.cms#ixzz10xU0wVZe

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