1984 riots: Court to record Sajjan's statement



New Delhi: A Delhi court would record on Monday the statement of former Congress MP Sajjan Kumar, who is facing trial in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case relating to the killing of six persons.

Additional Session Judge Sunita Gupta fixed the date after the process of recording of statements of the rest of the five accused in the case concluded.

The court has so far recorded the statements of Balwan Khokkar, Kishan Khokkar, Mahender Yadav, Girdhari Lal and Bhagmal. All of them have defended Sajjan Kumar saying that he was not part of the mob and did not instigate them to kill Sikhs.

The case against Sajjan Kumar, former Outer Delhi MP, was registered on a recommendation by the G T Nanavati Commission and the CBI had filed two charge sheets against him and others in January last year.

The trial court had framed charges against Kumar and five others last year under Sections 302 (murder), 395 (dacoity), 427 (mischief to cause damage to property), 153A (promoting enmity between different communities) and other provisions of IPC.

Sajjan is facing prosecution in two cases in which he has been accused of inciting mobs against Sikh community during the riots that followed the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984.

PTI