The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has opposed the plea of two persons -- co-accused along with Congress leader Sajjan Kumar in a 1984 riots case -- seeking transfer of the case.
The CBI said the timing of the application filed by Brahmanand Gupta and Peeriya before the court of district judge Talwant Singh raised “eyebrows”.
Arguing against the transfer of the case, CBI counsel DP Singh said the accused should not be allowed to do ‘forum shopping’ and there was ‘malice’ behind the move to file such application at this stage.
The court, after hearing the arguments, fixed the case for January 14 when it would take up submissions of accused Ved Prakash, whose counsel sought time to file a similar plea.
Gupta and Peeriya had moved the plea before the judge, who recently took charge, seeking transfer of the case from his Karkardooma district court to Rohini district court on the ground of jurisdiction.
Advocate Anil Kumar Sharma, appearing for the two accused, argued that according to the 2013 notification and orders of the Delhi high court, the district judge should transfer the case to the district concerned.
Sajjan Kumar, Gupta, Peeriya, and Ved Prakash are facing trial for charges of murder and rioting in connection with the case of killing of Surjit Singh in Sultanpuri here. During the hearing on Tuesday, the defence counsel opposed the submission of the CBI prosecutor that the case was specifically assigned to this court.
The court had in July 2010 framed various charges, including murder and rioting, against Kumar, Gupta, Peeriya, Khushal Singh (now deceased) and Ved Prakash in connection with the killing of a man in Sultanpuri in the riots that had occurred after the assassination of then prime minister Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984.
The trial court had also framed charges for the offence of spreading enmity between two communities against the accused in the case.
The CBI had filed two chargesheets against Sajjan Kumar and others in January 2010 in the riots cases registered in 2005 on the recommendation of the justice GT Nanavati Commission which had probed the sequence of events leading to the violence.