Congress leader Sajjan Kumar, facing trial in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case, on Monday questioned the "authenticity" of the CBI version of the incident, saying it had not produced several material witnesses in the court here after they refused to tow its line to "frame" him in the case.
Advancing the final arguments, the counsel appearing for Kumar argued that the CBI had not examined a material witness, a retired army official who had saved several victims during the riots.
Kumar's counsel IU Khan told district judge JR Aryan that the CBI "deliberately" did not trace the official but he was brought before the court as a defence witness by the accusedto bring forth the truth.
Khan said the CBI had failed to get the address of Col Dhanraj Singh Yadav (retd) despite the fact that he was getting the pension benefits from the army and used to visit his office every month.
"There is grave suspicion about the authenticity of the prosecuting agency as they have failed to produce material witnesses, which we (defence) have managed to produce in the court. Yadav's reference has come in the statements of several witnesses but he was not examined by the CBI in the court as the agency knew it that he would not lie," he said.
"Several witnesses were examined for hours by the CBI in its office and the investigating officer saw that they were evasive, so before filing the chargesheet, the agency dropped these witnesses from the list," he added.
Kumar is facing trial along with five others - Balwan Khokkar, Kishan Khokkar, Mahender Yadav, Girdhari Lal and Captain Bhagmal - for allegedly inciting a mob against Sikhs in Delhi Cantonment area here.
The case relates to anti-Sikh riots that had broken out after the assassination of the then prime minister Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984.