1984 Anti-Sikh Pogrom Delhi Police Conducted Sham Investigation In '84 Riots: CBI


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Jun 17, 2004
NEW DELHI - The CBI on Aug. 27 told the Supreme Court that the special anti-riots cell of the Delhi Police had conducted “sham investigations and farce prosecutions” in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots to apparently shield senior Congress leader and former MP Sajjan Kumar, a key accused.

In an affidavit, the agency has urged the apex court to vacate the Aug. 13 stay granted by it and pleaded it “seriously prejudiced” the prosecution against the Congress leader.

The CBI, in its affidavit, said, “It will also be adjudged during trial as to whether the petitioner (Kumar) has played a role in causing delay. It cannot also be lost sight of the fact that 24 complaints were investigated in one FIR about scores of deaths and because of sham investigation and farce prosecutions, there has been failure of justice for which victims are aggrieved.”

The CBI also accused the Delhi police of filing another status report in the trial court on July 31, 2008 and pointed out that the trial judge and the Delhi High Court have happily termed it as “clandestine attempt to hush up the matter”.

The CBI accused Kumar of attempting to drag the trial on one pretext or the other and said his plea for staying the trial was another such attempt.

“A perusal of final report (charge sheet) would show that there are direct allegations which are proved by evidence against the petitioner (Kumar) about his involvement in the commission of crime in the present case,” the affidavit stated.

Kumar, a former Outer Delhi MP, is facing prosecution in two cases in which he has been accused of inciting a mob against Sikh community in the aftermath of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s assassination on Oct. 31, 1984.

CBI had accused Kumar of provoking people against members of Sikh community during the carnage that led to the killing of five persons in Delhi Cantonment area.

CBI had filed two charge sheets against Kumar and others on Jan. 13 in the riots cases registered in 2005 on the recommendation of Justice G T Nanavati Commission which inquired into the sequence of events leading to the riots.

The trial court had on July 7 framed charges against the politician in another case in connection with the anti-Sikh riots