Police shielded Sajjan in anti-Sikh riots: CBI

CBI told SC that the special anti-riots cell of the Delhi Police had conducted "sham investigations and farce prosecutions" in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots to apparently shield key accused – Sajjan Kumar.

Last Updated: Aug 27, 2010, 19:21 PM IST

New Delhi: The CBI on Friday told the Supreme Court that the special anti-riots cell of the Delhi Police had conducted "sham investigations and farce prosecutions" in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots to apparently shield key accused – senior Congress leader and former MP Sajjan Kumar.

In an affidavit, the investigating agency urged the Supreme Court to vacate the stay it granted on Kumar`s trial in August 13 after the former MP challenged his prosecution.

The CBI pleaded that the stay "seriously prejudiced" the prosecution against the Congress leader.

A Bench of Justices P Sathasivam and B S Chauhan -- while taking on record the affidavit – posted to September 7 the final hearing of the agency`s plea to prosecute Kumar for the Delhi Cantonment riots.

"Mr Dave, nobody is insensitive," the Bench said when senior counsel Dushayant Dave, appearing for one of the victims, asked the court to vacate the stay on grounds that it involved the emotions of thousands of people.

The CBI, in its affidavit, said, "It will also be adjudged during trial as to whether the petitioner (Kumar) has played a role in causing delay." The investigating agency also said 24 complaints were investigated in one FIR about scores of deaths. It said, "Because of sham investigations and farce prosecutions", justice had not been delivered to the victims.

The agency questioned the intention of the anti-riot cell of the Delhi police in filing status reports on July 31, 2008 in the trial court when the investigation was already being conducted by the CBI.

-PTI

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