New Delhi: Congress leader Sajjan Kumar
today claimed before a Delhi court that the CBI witnesses,
including a woman who lost her husband and nephews in the 1984
anti-Sikh riot cases, were not reliable as they had changed
their versions a number of times.
"There are contradictions between different statements
and affidavits given by witness Jagdish Kaur. She did not name
Sajjan Kumar either in her first statement before police on
November 3, 1984, or before Justice Rangnath Mishra Commission
and Jain-Banerjee committee that inquired into the riots,"
Anil Kumar Sharma, advocate for Kumar, told the court.
Putting forth the arguments on framing of charges before
Additional Sessions Judge Sunita Gupta, Sharma said it was
only before the Nanavati Commission in 2000 that Kaur named
Kumar, as the man who had led the mob that attacked her house,
for the first time after 16 years of the incident.
Reading out different affidavits submitted by Kaur, whose
husband and three nephews were killed in the carnage in Delhi
Cantt, Sharma submitted she had given different versions about
the time of the incident.
During the two-hour arguments, advocate I U Khan read out
a number of judgements of the apex court to say that CBI
committed an "illegality of investigation" as it did not take
any permission from any court to take over the probe into
the cases which were being inquired into by the Delhi police.
He contended that CBI can only further investigate the
matter and not re-investigate by re-registering the riot cases
as police had already filed cancellation report.