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Sikh riots: Court accepts CBI's closure report in one case

delhi Updated: Feb 23, 2010 20:34 IST

Congress leader Sajjan Kumar, facing arrest following a non-bailable warrant for his alleged complicity in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, today got some relief from a Delhi court which accepted CBI's closure report in one of the cases registered against him.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Lokesh Kumar Sharma allowed the plea of the probe agency to close the case against Kumar, former Outer Delhi MP, as the complainant and wife of deceased failed to appear to oppose the CBI report.

"The notice issued to complainant Harvinder Kaur received back as served. It seems that she is not interested in contesting the closure report. Hence, CBI's investigation report is accepted," the court said.

CBI had filed a closure report along with two chargesheets against Kumar and others in a court here on January 13.

The closure report claimed there was no witness relating to the murder of Iqbal Singh, a medical practitioner at his clinic at Mangolpuri on November 1, 1984 in the riots that broke out after the assassination of the then prime minister Indira Gandhi.

Kaur, wife of the deceased doctor, who used to reside at Mayapuri, did not turn up before the court to contest CBI's closure report as she was not an eye-witness to the case.

'84 riots victims' counsel senior advocate H S Phoolka said we did not wish to oppose CBI's probe report as Kesar Singh, a sole eye-witness to the killing, has died.

CBI cited insufficient evidence for prosecution of Kumar.