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Sajjan Kr issued notice in 1984 riots cases

Last Updated: Tuesday, February 2, 2010 - 00:47

New Delhi: A Delhi Court on Monday issued
summons to former Congress MP Sajjan Kumar and others after
taking cognisance of the chargesheets filed against them in
two cases relating to the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Lokesh Kumar
Sharma sought presence of the 62-year-old Congress leader and
others before the court on February 17.

The magistrate said that after perusing the
chargesheets including the statements of the witnesses,
prima-facie case of murder, rioting and other offences were
made out against the accused.

He, however, declined a plea of CBI and the victim`s
counsel to issue non-bailable warrant (NBW) against the
accused in view of the gravity of the offences involved.

"In the facts and circumstances, all the accused
persons are very much residing in the same locality. There is
no complaint of criminal intimidation of any of the witnesses.

"The primary concern of CBI is to ensure the presence
of the accused. I do not find any reason to adopt coercive
methods to ensure presence of the accused. So the prayer(for
NBW) of CBI and the victims is declined," the court said.

The CBI had on January 13 filed two chargesheets
against the former Congress MP and others before the court in
two separate cases of allegedly making provocative speeches,
leading to the killing of 12 persons in 1984 riots that
followed the assassination of Indira Gandhi.

The probe agency had filed the chargesheets in the
court after concluding its investigation into the cases
registered on the recommendation of Nanavati Commission in
2005.

The cases, in which the chargesheets were filed
against Kumar and several others, were registered in police
stations in Sultanpuri and Delhi Cantonment following the
killing of seven and five persons respectively in the riots.

PTI

First Published: Tuesday, February 2, 2010 - 00:47

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