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1984 riots: Order on Sajjan’s plea on December 11

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, December 03, 2013
First Published: 00:51 IST(3/12/2013) | Last Updated: 01:41 IST(3/12/2013)

A Delhi court on Monday reserved its order on a plea of Congress leader Sajjan Kumar seeking to drop nine CBI witnesses in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case in which he and three others are facing prosecution.

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District judge JR Aryan fixed December 11 for pronouncing the order after hearing arguments of the CBI counsel, accused and the victims.

The CBI had earlier said though the chargesheet pertains to killing of six persons, it was only restricting the charge relating to murder of Surjit Singh and not of other deceased persons.

Kumar and three other accused have sought removal of the agency’s witnesses claiming they were “irrelevant”.

Kumar’s counsel had earlier said that the CBI had filed a consolidated chargesheet of three separate FIRs and the nine prosecution witnesses, who are not related to the murder of victim Surjit Singh, should be removed.

The CBI had, however, opposed Kumar’s plea saying it is for the agency to decide who were irrelevant witnesses and whom they want to remove.

The court had earlier framed various charges, including murder and rioting, against Kumar, Brahmanand Gupta, Peru, Khushal Singh and Ved Prakash in connection with killing of a man in Sultanpuri area. 

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