`84 riots: Sajjan draws parallel with Tytler case
Congress leader Sajjan Kumar Tuesday alleged before a Delhi court that the CBI had adopted "double standards" in its investigation with regard to charges against him and former Union minister Jagdish Tytler.
New Delhi: Congress leader Sajjan Kumar Tuesday alleged before a Delhi court that the CBI had adopted "double
standards" in its investigation with regard to charges against
him and former Union minister Jagdish Tytler.
"CBI was taking contradictory stand with regard to role
of two politicians. In case of Tytler, it filed the closure
report while in case of Sajjan, it sought prosecution though
there is no evidence against him," S A Hashmi, counsel for
Kumar, told Additional Sessions Judge Sunita Gupta.
CBI, which investigated role of Tytler, gave him a clean
chit and instead went on to file chargesheet against Kumar
relying upon statements of witnesses who had already been
examined and denied his role, he claimed.
During the two-hour-long order, Kumar`s other counsel
Anil Kumar Sharma, who concluded the arguments, submitted that
the case involving the killings of six persons at Sultanpuri
in the riots did not have any fresh evidence.
"A total of 60 persons were killed on November 1, 1984
in the riots. How was it possible that Kumar`s speech
instigated the mob to kill only six persons? The contention of
CBI that his speech caused the mob to become unruly was faulty
and wrong," he said.
The CBI had listed the names of those witnesses who had
already been examined by a court of competent jurisdiction, he
claimed adding the trial with regard to murder of six victims
had already taken place.
Sharma submitted that all the accused with regard to
killing of victims Basant Singh and his two sons Balihar and
Balbir were acquitted by the court in 2002.
Another court had already absolved the accused in the
case relating to murder of three other victims Mohan Singh,
Hoshiyar Singh and Ranjeet Singh in 1994, he said, adding that
the probe agency cannot seek a retrial in the matter.
CBI is seeking prosecution of Kumar, former Outer Delhi
MP, and Brahmanand Gupta, Peru, Khushal Singh and Ved Prakash
for the murder of six persons at Sultanpuri area in north-west
Delhi in the riots that took place in the aftermath of the
assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on October
As the arguments on behalf of the accused to oppose the
CBI`s plea to frame charges against them concluded, the CBI is
likely to put forth its rebuttal on June 5.
The same court had already framed charges against Kumar
and others with regard to killings of five persons at Delhi
Cantt during the riots.