84 riots case: Court defers recording statement of victim

A Delhi court could not resume recording the statement of a woman in connection with 1984 anti-Sikh riots case, allegedly involving senior Cong leader Sajjan Kumar, after the witness developed uneasiness during proceedings.

New Delhi: A Delhi court today could not
resume recording the statement of a woman in connection with
the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case, allegedly involving senior
Congress leader Sajjan Kumar, after the witness developed
uneasiness during the proceedings.

Additional Sessions Judge Sunita Gupta posted the matter
for tomorrow as Jagdish Kaur, a key witness in the Delhi
Cantonment case, developed high blood pressure while in court.

She was yesterday taken to the hospital after suffering
from the same problem. Her counsel had yesterday informed the
court that her blood pressure was very high and she was being
treated in Ganga Ram hospital.

Meanwhile, counsel for the Congress leader sought court`s
direction to put the matter for any future date instead of
fixing it on a day-to-day basis.
The court did not allow it and said the matter should be
disposed of within six months, as directed by the Delhi High
court.

Kaur had on July 3 identified Kumar and his nephew
Balwant Khokkar and his two accomplices Girdhari Lal and
Captain Bhagmal as the persons 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 before various authorities including the
Nanavati Commission, the CBI or the district magistrate.

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

Kaur`s family members were killed in the riots that broke
out following the assassination of Prime Minister 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 charge sheets against Kumar and others
on January 13 in the riots cases registered in 2005, on
the recommendation of Justice (retd) G T Nanavati Commission
which inquired into the sequence of events leading to the
communal clashes.

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