New Delhi: Facing trial before a Delhi court
for his alleged role in the killing of six men in cantonment
area here during 1984 anti-Sikh riots, veteran Congress leader
Sajjan Kumar on Tuesday contended he had been implicated in the
case by the NDA government in 2000-01 to "malign" his party.
Deposing before Additional Sessions Judge Sunita
Gupta, Kumar said the Nanavati Commission, constituted to look
into 1984 anti-Sikh riot cases, was set up under pressure of
the then NDA government at the Centre to "malign" the image
of Congress by lodging a "politically motivated false" case.
"G T Nanavati Commission was set up in 2000. At that
time, the NDA government was in power in coalition with
Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD). In the cabinet, there were
ministers from SAD which was in power in Punjab at that time.
Under their pressure, Nanavati Commission was constituted,"
Kumar told the court.
Kumar said the Commission was set up in a political move
to "misguide" the Sikh community and win their sympathy as the
assembly elections in Punjab were about to be held at that
"Congress party was in opposition in Punjab. In order to
malign the image of the party and its leader, the Nanavati
Commission was set up," Kumar said.
Kumar also accused CBI of concealing material facts about
the case from the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi while seeking
sanction to prosecute him.
"The central government had sought the opinion of the
Director of Prosecution and the Law Department which gave the
opinion that no case was made out against me.
"These facts and many other material facts were
suppressed from the LG. Had these facts been disclosed,
sanction would not have been granted to prosecute me," he