1984 Anti-Sikh Pogrom "Missing" Charge Sheet Tabled In Court

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1947-2014 (Archived)
Jun 17, 2004
"Missing" chargesheet tabled in court

'Missing' chargesheet tabled in court - Delhi - City - The Times of India

NEW DELHI: The "missing" chargesheet, in a case involving former union minister Sajjan Kumar as an accused in the anti-sikh riots case dramatically surfaced before a trial court on Saturday.

B S Joon, the special public prosecutor appointed by Delhi High Court for anti-sikh riot case trials, furnished a chargesheet that was prepared in 1992, but was never sent to court for trial.

Terming it as "total illegality" by the Delhi Police, the prosecutor told additional sessions judge V K Goyal that the chargesheet against Congress leader Sajjan Kumar, citing sufficient evidence to proceed against him was prepared but was never brought before a judge to seek his prosecution.

"The chargesheet was prepared in the case FIR number 67/87 in police station Nangloi, naming Sajjan Kumar as accused on April 8, 1992 but it was dumped in the police files and never brought before the court," Joon alleged. He also showed from the police records how the chargesheet was kept tagged with another case that was going on before the court.

TOI had first highlighted how the fate of an FIR naming Congress leader Sajjan Kumar remained a mystery and how the special PP had moved court seeking to know its status.

The prosecutor in his application had alleged that non-prosecution of the accused in the FIR would amount to "miscarriage" of justice. Joon's plea had led the court to summon the then investigating officer, Rajiv Ranjan for an explanation.

Ranjan, who is now an additional DCP in Prime Minister security, appeared before the court and claimed the two cases relating to the incidents were clubbed on legal opinion provided by the prosecution branch. This reply prompted Joon to point out that only the courts can club a chargesheet and not the police.

The prosecutor also told the courtthat even though the chargesheet specifically mentions there is sufficient evidence to proceed against the former Delhi MP, no action was taken against the accused, stating his arrest may create law and order problem.

Kumar is already facing two chargesheets with regard to his alleged role in the killings in the riots that followed the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984. The CBI has filed the two chargesheets in different courts in the capital.

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