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CBI seeks trial against Sajjan Kumar in '84 riots cases

CBI on Tuesday sought initiation of trial of Congress leader Sajjan Kumar and others in a Delhi court in 1984 anti-Sikh riots cases, alleging they targeted the members of a particular community during the carnage.

india Updated: May 04, 2010 21:49 IST

CBI on Tuesday sought initiation of trial of Congress leader Sajjan Kumar and others in a Delhi court in 1984 anti-Sikh riots cases, alleging they targeted the members of a particular community during the carnage.

"This (riots) was not a work of a few persons. The manner in which the incidents took place showed that it was getting support from a prominent person wielding greater control over the area. It was not a handiwork of a few ruffians," Special CBI prosecutor Y K Saxena told Additional Sessions Judge Sunita Gupta.

Rebutting the arguments of Kumar and other, CBI counsel alleged the member of a particular community was targeted during the riots though it showed tolerance.

"The acts of the accused created a havoc. There was evidence that Kumar was making inquiry during the riots as to how many persons were eliminated," Saxena said, alleging the family members of the victims were dragged and killed in the riots.

He said the prosecution must be given an opportunity to prove its case after framing of charges against Kumar, former outer Delhi MP and other.

Rejecting the arguments of defence counsel that there were contradictions in the statements of witnesses, the CBI counsel said there were grave charges against the accused in their statements made before the probe agency.

The court, which heard the arguments by CBI and the defence counsel for the last several days on framing of charges, reserved its order for May 15.