Facing trial in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case, veteran Delhi Congress leader Sajjan Kumar on Tuesday told a Delhi court that his name did not figure in the first statement made by the key witness before a judicial commission, 27 years ago.
During final arguments in the case before District Judge JR Aryan, his counsel IU Khan said, "Sajjan Kumar is named as the main accused in this case but Jagdish Kaur did not name him before the Ranganath Mishra Commission in 1985. Kumar's name surfaced for the first time in 2000 before the Nanavati Commission."
Kumar is facing trial along with five others for allegedly inciting a mob against the Sikh community in Delhi Cantonment area.
Both the commissions had gone into the sequence of events leading to the anti-Sikh riots after the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984.
Khan had on Monday blamed Kumar's political opponents for falsely implicating him in the case saying, "Political opponents of Sajjan Kumar got an opportunity to frame him in a false case by appointing the G T Nanavati Commission when Akali Dal was in power.” Recently, the Delhi high court had allowed Kumar's plea to use statements of a riot victim given to judicial commissions to defend himself.