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'84 riots case: order on framing of charges today

delhi Updated: May 15, 2010 10:02 IST
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A Delhi court is likely to pronounce today its order on CBI's plea to frame charges of murder and rioting against senior Congress leader Sajjan Kumar in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case.

Whether Kumar would walk free or face trial in the case would be decided by Additional Sessions Judge Sunita Gupta who had reserved the order on May four.

CBI had accused Kumar of provoking the people against the members of a particular community during the carnage that followed the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984, leading to the killings of five persons in Delhi Cantonment area.

Kumar, on the other hand, had claimed the accounts of CBI witnesses were not reliable as they had changed their versions a number of times.

"There are contradictions between different statements and affidavits given by witness Jagdish Kaur. She did not name Sajjan Kumar either in her first statement before police on November 3, 1984, or before Justice Rangnath Mishra Commission and Jain-Banerjee committee that inquired into the riots," he had claimed.

The former Outer Delhi MP had also contended that the case against him could not stand as CBI re-registered it even though a Delhi court had given him a clean chit, accepting a cancellation report filed by Delhi Police.

The probe agency, however, had also sought framing of charges against Kumar for being involved in sedition saying he had incited people belonging to one community against another.

Besides Kumar, other accused in the case are Balwan Khokhar, Krishan Khokhar, Mahender Yadav, Captain Bhagmal and Girdhari Lal.

CBI had filed two chargesheets against Kumar and others on January 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.