A Delhi court on Saturday ordered framing of charges against Congress leader Sajjan Kumar in a 1984 anti-Sikh riot case relating to murder and spreading enmity between two communities.
Additional Sessions Judge Sunita Gupta allowed the CBI's plea seeking Kumar's prosecution under various sections of IPC after finding prima facie evidence against him.
The court said the charges will be framed formally on May 18 and this will pave the way for trial in the case. The Delhi High Court had earlier issued direction to complete the trial within six months of cases relating to anti-Sikh riots.
The CBI had accused Kumar of provoking people against members of a particular community during the carnage in 1984. Kumar had claimed the accounts of CBI witnesses were not reliable as they had changed their versions a number of times.
“There are contradictions in 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,” he had claimed.