NDA implicated me in false case: Sajjan to court

New Delhi: Facing trial before a Delhi court for his alleged role in the killing of six men in cantonment area here during 1984 anti-Sikh riots, veteran Congress leader Sajjan Kumar on Tuesday contended he had been implicated in the case by the NDA government in 2000-01 to "malign" his party.

Deposing before Additional Sessions Judge Sunita Gupta, Kumar said the Nanavati Commission, constituted to look into 1984 anti-Sikh riot cases, was set up under pressure of the then NDA government at the Centre to "malign" the image of Congress by lodging a "politically motivated false" case.

"G T Nanavati Commission was set up in 2000. At that time, the NDA government was in power in coalition with Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD). In the cabinet, there were ministers from SAD which was in power in Punjab at that time. Under their pressure, Nanavati Commission was constituted," Kumar told the court.

Kumar said the Commission was set up in a political move to "misguide" the Sikh community and win their sympathy as the assembly elections in Punjab were about to be held at that time.

"Congress party was in opposition in Punjab. In order to malign the image of the party and its leader, the Nanavati Commission was set up," Kumar said.

Kumar also accused CBI of concealing material facts about the case from the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi while seeking sanction to prosecute him.

"The central government had sought the opinion of the Director of Prosecution and the Law Department which gave the opinion that no case was made out against me.

"These facts and many other material facts were suppressed from the LG. Had these facts been disclosed, sanction would not have been granted to prosecute me," he said.