Sajjan conspired with police during 1984 riots: CBI
A Delhi court, hearing a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case involving senior Congress leader Sajjan Kumar, was today told by the CBI that there was a conspiracy of "terrifying proportion" between him and the police during the carnage.chandigarh Updated: Apr 23, 2012 20:17 IST
A Delhi court, hearing a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case involving senior Congress leader Sajjan Kumar, was told by the CBI on Monday that there was a conspiracy of "terrifying proportion" between him and the police during the carnage.
"There was a conspiracy of terrifying proportion with the complicity of police and patronage of local MP Sajjan Kumar," CBI prosecutor RS Cheema told district judge JR Aryan.
Winding up the prosecution arguments, Cheema focused on the issue of conspiracy between the accused, saying it was shown in the statement of the witnesses.
"From the statement of the witnesses, it has been clearly shown that a large-scale violence took place during the riots and there was huge conspiracy between all the six accused, some unknown persons and also police officials," he argued.
Arguing on the extent of killings in the Delhi cantonment area, the prosecutor said as per police records, not even a single killing took place from October 31, 1984, to November 6, 1984.
He said that a former police constable, now a defence witness, had deposed in the court that he was on duty in the area during the riots and he had not come across any report of any killing or rioting.
"But as per GT Nanavati Commission report, the official casualty figures shows that during the riots, 341 persons were killed, while 385 houses, 110 shops and 45 vehicles were burnt in the area," he said, adding that the attitude of the police was to minimise the magnitude of the crime.
Sajjan Kumar and five others are facing trial in the killings of six people in Delhi cantonment area during the 1984 carnage which broke after the assassination of the then prime minister Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984.
They are accused of instigating a mob to attack and kill the Sikhs.
First Published: Apr 23, 2012 20:12 IST