New Delhi: The Delhi High Court has reserved its order in a 1984 Sikh genocide case. Victim Sheela Kaur had filed a petition seeking directions that the trial court be directed to frame the additional charge of conspiracy against the accused, including senior Congress leader Sajjan Kumar, for killing her husband, father-in-law and brother-in-law in Sultanpuri on November 1, 1984.
Justice Suresh Kaith reserved the order after hearing the arguments of victim’s counsel HS Phoolka and CBI prosecutor DP Singh.
The former argued that a case of conspiracy be framed as Sajjan Kumar who had delivered a hate speech and instigated crowds to kill Sikhs, burn down their houses and loot their properties.
But defence lawyer Anil Kumar Sharma said that the witnesses had not named Sajjan Kumar and that the latter had already been acquitted by the trail court. ” A conspiracy is hatched with two or more persons. As Sajjan Kumar is the lone accused, the case of conspiracy does not arise,” he argued. Phoolka argued that the trial court had overlooked the fact that Sajjan Kumar had conspired with other accused to wipe out the Sikhs. Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) president Manjit Singh GK and general secretary Manjinder Singh Sirsa had yesterday met Minister of State in Prime Minister’s office Narayan Sami and submitted a memorandum.
They had pleaded that immediate steps be taken to file a charge sheet for trial proceedings against Sajjan Kumar in a case registered against him in the Nangloi police station.
The case was registered in 1987 for his alleged involvement in instigating anti-Sikh genocide in November 1984. Apart from making the Congress leader face trial for allegedly killing four members of the Sikh community in the Nangloi area, the DSGMC leaders demanded action against police officers, including one of the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police (ASP). they accused the officer of “suppressing” the chargesheet.
In April, the Karkardooma court had acquitted Sajjan Kumar in yet another case of rioting. The memorandum said the chargesheet against Sajjan Kumar, though prepared 21 years ago, was not placed before the trial court.
“Witnesses had mentioned the involvement of Sajjan Kumar. Now that the only surviving witness in the case, Gurbachan Singh, is severely ill, the chargesheet should be presented in court as soon as possible,” Manjit Singh GK contended.
Source: The Tribune