CBI on Thursday opposed in a court in New Delhi Congress leader Sajjan Kumar's plea seeking certain documents relating to two anti-Sikh riots cases and termed as a "national shame" dragging on of the carnage cases for over two decades.
"It is kind of national shame that even after two decades, the matters are still pending. The Delhi High Court had already fixed a time frame of six months to wind up the trial," senior counsel R S Cheema, appearing for the CBI, submitted before Additional Sessions Judge Sunita Gupta.
Cheema, appointed as Special Public Prosecutor by the Delhi High Court to deal with the 1984 riots cases, made the remarks while opposing a plea by Sajjan Kumar and others seeking certain records relating to two cases, saying all documents referred to in the chargesheets were not relied on by CBI.
"It is not a requirement of law that every document that has been referred to in the reports (chargesheets) under Section 173 CrPC be made available in its entirety," he contended.
"We (CBI) took over the investigations into the cases in 2005 and the cases were registered afresh irrespective of the fact that they had already been probed," Cheema submitted.
CBI had not withheld any document it collected during investigation, the counsel claimed.
Counsel A K Sharma, arguing for Kumar and others, claimed the accused had already faced trial in the case and been acquitted by courts.
"We want to have documents, including the statement of witnesses as well as court records, besides the part of Nanavati Commission report and the action taken report submitted in Parliament," Sharma said.
"I have got every right to see those documents. If we don't have records, then how will we cross examine the witnesses," Sharma said.
The arguments on the applications filed by Kumar, former outer Delhi MP, and other accused remained inconclusive and are likely to continue tomorrow.
Kumar and other accused, in their plea, sought records relating to the cases pertaining to the riots that took place at Sultanpuri and Delhi Cantt areas following the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984.
The documents included judicial as well as police records of the cases registered at police station Sultanpuri and other places and copy of memorandum of action taken on the report of Justice GT Nanavati Commission of inquiry which was set up to inquire into riots of 1984.