Twenty-five years after 12 Sikhs were murdered in Sultanpuri and Delhi Cantonment in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, a city court on Monday issued summons to former MP Sajjan Kumar.
Taking cognisance of chargesheet filed in two cases of rioting, the Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate said, “A case is made out against Kumar under sections of murder and rioting.”
The judge has directed the Congress leader and other accused in the case to appear before him on February 17.
In the FIR registered at Sultanpuri police station, the CBI has also charge sheeted accused Ved Prakash, Peeru, Kushal Singh and Brahma Nand Gupta, apart from Sajjan Kumar.
And in the FIR registered at Delhi Cantonment, the accused are Balwan Khokar, Mahender Yadav, Kishan Lal Khokar, Saroj, captain Bagmal and Mahender Yadav.
On January 13, the CBI had filed two chargesheets accusing Kumar and others for murder and rioting.
The court noted that despite pressing murder charges against Kumar; the CBI never arrested him.
The counsel for victims, H.S. Phoolka, has sought immediate arrest of Kumar, saying he could influence the witness and tamper with the evidence.
The judge turned down Phoolka’s plea stating, “For the past 25 years, Kumar has been residing in the same locality and he has never changed his address.”
“He has never evaded arrest. Then why issue a non-bailable warrant against him?”
The court also noted that no witness has apprehended any threat from Kumar or registered any complaint against him, during the trial.
The CBI had filed the chargesheets after concluding investigation into the cases registered on the recommendation of the Nanavati Commission in 2005.
The commission had inquired into the sequence of events leading to the 1984 riots after the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.
Eleven witnesses recorded their statements before the magistrate out of which two recorded their statements in Amritsar (Punjab).