The CBI on Tuesday urged a Delhi court that strict action be taken against witnesses if they fail to appear for deposing in the court in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case in which Congress leader Sajjan Kumar and two others are facing trial for the alleged killing of a man.
The CBI’s submission came when a prosecution witness who was to depose in the court did not appear and her daughter informed the court that she was unwell.
CBI prosecutor DP Singh submitted before district judge Amarnath that in future the court should take strict action against the witnesses if they failed to appear before it as their absence delayed the trial.
The court was scheduled to record the testimony of Sheela Kaur, the fifth prosecution witness, but she could not come due to her illness. The court posted the case for June 6 and directed Kaur to appear on that day along with her medical certificate. The day’s proceedings were videographed.
During the hearing, advocate Anil Sharma, appearing for the accused, argued that the trial was getting delayed due to the non-presence of the witness.
The case was transferred from Karkardooma court to Patiala House court here by the Delhi high court which had directed the district judge to video-record the proceedings at the cost of the accused. Earlier, Kumar and other two accused, Brahmanand Gupta and Ved Prakash, had told the court that they were ready to bear the expenses of the videography of the proceedings.
The three accused are facing trial on charges of murder and rioting in the case pertaining to killing of Surjit Singh in Sultanpuri here.