New Delhi: A former MLA, facing trial
along with Congress leader Sajjan Kumar in a 1984 anti-Sikh
riots case relating to killing of six persons in Delhi
Cantonment area, today claimed innocence before a city court
saying it was a conspiracy to ruin his political career.
"I was not involved in the 1984 riots. It was a
conspiracy to tarnish my image and political career," Mahender
Yadav, who is an aide of Sajjan, told Additional Sessions
Judge Sunita Gupta.
Yadav claimed he was not involved in any manner in the
riots and he had already been acquitted by a city court
earlier in another 1984 riot related case.
In his defence, Yadav submitted he was deliberately
made a target in this case in an illegal manner.
Four prosecution witnesses -- Nirpreet Kaur, Joginder
Singh, Jagdish Kaur and Jagsher Singh -- had deposed against
Yadav and also identified him in the court.
The court is likely to begin recording of statement of
third accused Kishan Khokkar from Monday while Sajjan Kumar is
expected to be testify before the court on July 13.
The court had yesterday concluded the recording of the
statement of former city councillor Balwan Khokkar, another
accused in the case.
Balwan Khokkar had said he did not participate in the
1984 carnage in which several Sikhs were killed, contending
that he rather helped them by giving shelter.
Besides Sajjan, Balwan and Yadav, other accused in
the case are Krishan Khokkar, Captain Bhagmal and Girdhari
About allegations that Dayanidhi Maran, during his tenure
as Telecom Minister, had laid a telephone exchange between his
residence and office of Sun TV which is owned by his brother
Kalanidhi Maran, Sibal said the case is being investigated by
"CBI is obviously looking into the matter," he said.
When pointed out that CBI has said so, the minister
replied, "if CBI says so, it must have valid reasons."
Coming to the defence of Home
Minister P Chidambaram, the government on Friday insisted that
the former Telecom Minister had "no role anywhere" in the 2G
spectrum allocation controversy