Delhi Court Issues Summons against Sajjan, Others in 84 Anti-Sikh Riots Cases

Taking congnisance of the chargesheets filed in two cases pertaining to the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, a court in Delhi has issued summons to former Congress parliamentarian Sajjan Kumar, said media reports.

Lokesh Kumar Sharma, Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, instructed the 62-year-old Congress leader and others to be present before the court on February 17, reports said.

Giving instruction, Sharma 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, said reports.

Nonetheless, the magistrate disallowed a petition of CBI and the victim’s lawyer to issue a non-bailable warrant against the accused keeping in the mind the gravity of the offenses involved, said reports.

“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.

On January 13, the CBI moved two chargesheets against Sajjan and others in two separate cases of allegedly making provocative speeches, which resulted in 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.

(Based on internet reports)

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