`84 riots: CBI seeks trial against Sajjan Kumar

CBI on Tuesday sought initiation of trial of Cong leader Sajjan Kumar in 1984 anti-Sikh riots cases.

Last Updated: May 04, 2010, 19:43 PM IST

New Delhi: CBI on Tuesday sought initiation of
trial of Congress leader Sajjan Kumar and others in a Delhi
court in 1984 anti-Sikh riots cases, alleging the members of a
particular community were targeted by them during the carnage.

"This (riots) was not a work of a few persons. The manner
in which the incidents took place showed that it was getting
support from a prominent person wielding greater control over
the area. It was not a handiwork of a few ruffians," Special
CBI prosecutor Y K Saxena told Additional Sessions Judge
Sunita Gupta.

Rebutting the arguments of Kumar and other, CBI counsel
alleged the members of a particular community was targeted
during the riots though it showed tolerance.

"The acts of the accused created a havoc. There was
evidence that Kumar was making inquiry during the riots as to
how many persons were eliminated," Saxena said, alleging the
family members of the victims were dragged and killed in the
riots.

He said the prosecution must be given an opportunity to
prove its case after framing of charges against Kumar, former
outer Delhi MP and other.

Rejecting the arguments of defence counsel that there
were contradictions in the statements of witnesses, the CBI
counsel said there were grave charges against the accused in
their statements made before the probe agency.

The court, which heard the arguments by CBI and the
defence counsel for the last several days on framing of
charges, reserved its order for May 15.

PTI