Witness denies being used by Sajjan`s opponents

A man, whose three brothers were killed in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, on Wednesday told a court, trying senior Congress leader Sajjan Kumar, that he was not being used by the opponents of the former Outer Delhi MP.

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

New Delhi: A man, whose three brothers were
killed in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, on Wednesday told a court, trying
senior Congress leader Sajjan Kumar, that he was not being
used by the opponents of the former Outer Delhi MP.

Jagsher Singh, during cross examination, claimed before
Additional Sessions Judge Sunita Gupta that he and his
family members were instead supporters of the Congress party.
"It is incorrect to suggest that political opponents of
Kumar and Akali Dal office bearers are using me as a weapon
against him," he said, adding that he as well as his family
members were supporters of the Congress.

During his second day of cross examination, Singh said
that he had stated before the CBI that Kumar had told the
rioters that the houses of those Hindus who were giving
shelter to Sikhs should also be burnt.

The witness also denied that he was not here in Delhi
during the riots between October 31 and November three, 1984.

The cross-examination of Singh remained inconclusive and
is likely to resume tomorrow.

In his testimony on October 19, Singh had identified in
the court Kumar as someone who had allegedly provoked the mob
to kill his brothers during the carnage after the
assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on
October 31, 1984.
43-year-old Singh is a cousin of complainant Jagdish Kaur
whose husband Kehar Singh and a son were also killed during
the riots.

Kaur had on July 3 identified Kumar and his nephew
Khokkar and other accused Girdhari Lal and Captain Bhagmal as
accomplices who had allegedly instigated mobs during the 1984
carnage.

Kaur`s family members, including her husband, were killed
in the riots.

CBI had filed two chargesheets against Kumar and others on
January 13 in the riots cases registered in 2005 on the
recommendation of the G T Nanavati Commission.

PTI