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84 riots: case adjourned due to bandh, witness` ill health

A Delhi court today adjourned till tomorrow the proceedings in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case, allegedly involving senior Congress leader Sajjan Kumar, as the defence counsel failed to appear before it citing bandh call.



New Delhi: A Delhi court today adjourned till
tomorrow the proceedings in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case,
allegedly involving senior Congress leader Sajjan Kumar, as
the defence counsel failed to appear before it citing bandh
call and a key witness failing to depose owing to ill-health.

"Jagdish Kaur is a patient of high blood pressure. She was
not feeling well as she had to repeat the same statements many
times," H S Phoolka, senior advocate, appearing for the
victims, submitted before the court.

The defence counsel also did not appear before Additional
Sessions Judge Sunita Gupta due to the bandh organised by
opposition parties to protest against price rise.

Phoolka also produced a medical certificate regarding the
health of Jagdish Kaur, before the court.

"Kaur`s blood pressure is very high. The doctor has
referred her to a cardiologist," he said, adding she was being
treated in Ganga Ram hospital.

Kaur, a key witness in the Delhi Cantonment case, had on
July 3 identified Kumar and his nephew Balwant Khokkar,
Girdhari Lal and Captain Bhagmal as accomplices who had
allegedly instigated mobs during the carnage.

The defence counsel had refuted the allegations saying
there were many inconsistencies in her statements which were
recorded earlier from time to time before various authorities,
be it Nanavati Commission, CBI or the magistrate.

The cross-examination of the witness is likely to resume
on Tuesday.

Kaur`s family members were killed in the riots that had
followed the assassination of Indira Gandhi on October 31,
1984.

The court had on May 28 framed charges of murder and
spreading enmity between two communities against Kumar in the
riots case, saying there are sufficient grounds for presuming
that the violence was due to a "well-planned conspiracy" in
Delhi Cantonment area.

CBI had filed two chargesheets against Kumar and others
on January 13 in the riots cases registered in 2005 on the
recommendation of Justice G T Nanavati Commission which
inquired into the sequence of events leading to the riots.

In a separate case, the same court is likely to frame
charges against the leader and others on July 7 in connection
with the killing of six persons at Sultanpuri area in
north-west Delhi.

Besides the Congress leader, CBI is seeking prosecution
of Brahmanand Gupta, Peru, Khushal Singh and Ved Prakash in
the matter.

PTI

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