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As protests mount,Sajjan Kumar’s lawyer hits back: Respect judgment

In a statement,Anil Kumar Sharma,counsel for Kumar,said the orders of the court are perfect though every effort was made to frame and implicate his client in the riots case.

As protests over the acquittal of Congress leader Sajjan Kumar in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case intensified in New Delhi,his lawyer hit back on Monday,saying “it is strange that instead of respecting the judgment,baseless allegations are being levelled”.

In a statement,Anil Kumar Sharma,counsel for Kumar,said the “orders of the court are perfect” though “every effort was made to frame and implicate” his client in the riots case.

He said that complainant Jagdish Kaur did not name Sajjan Kumar in her complaint to the police on January 20,1985. She also “did not raise any accusing finger” against him in her affidavit dated September 9,1985. “Rather there is no whisper of the name of Sajjan Kumar in her affidavit submitted before the Ranganath Misra Commission constituted for inquiring into the anti-Sikh riots,” he said.

“This very affidavit resulted in providing big relief to Sajjan Kumar by the court… in 1992,Jagdish Kaur did not level any allegation against Sajjan Kumar in her statement before the riots cell of Delhi Police… She came out with a frivolous allegation for the first time after 16 years… in her affidavits filed before the Nanavati Commission constituted in the year 2000 by the NDA government at the Centre.”

“In this affidavit,Jagdish Kaur said that Sajjan Kumar was leading that mob which killed her husband Kehar Singh and son Gurpreet Singh on 1st November,1984 whereas in this very affidavit she stated that on the next day i.e. 2nd November,when she went to the police post and saw Sajjan Kumar holding a meeting,she thought that Sajjan Kumar would help her in the cremation of the dead bodies of her husband,son and brothers but she was surprised that Sajjan Kumar was giving a provocative speech there,” Sharma said.

He questioned the “contradictory version of Jagdish Kaur” that on the one hand she claimed to have seen Sajjan Kumar leading a mob which killed her husband and son on November 1,1984 but the very next day,she said she had gone to ask Sajjan Kumar to help cremate the bodies.

“Not only this,Jagdish Kaur clearly stated in court that when she was half a mile away from the police post,she saw and heard Sajjan Kumar addressing while standing in a jeep,” Sharma said,wondering “how is it possible for anybody to see and hear a person from a distance of about three-fourth of a kilometre when no loudspeaker was installed there”.

Meanwhile,a high-level delegation comprising MPs and MLAs of SAD-BJP government in Punjab will meet President Pranab Mukherjee on May 8 in New Delhi.

The delegation will be led by the Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his deputy,Sukhbir Singh Badal. The two will also meet the Prime Minister and Union home minister separately.

‘BJP,SAD inciting protests against acquittal for political gains’

NEW DELHI: Amid protests by Sikh outfits against the acquittal of Congress leader Sajjan Kumar in a 1984 riots case,the Delhi government on Monday accused BJP and SAD of trying to incite the community to gain political mileage in Assembly polls slated later this year.

Delhi’s Minister in charge of Gurdwara Affairs,Arvinder Singh Lovely,told PTI: “BJP and SAD are inciting people on the issue to gain political mileage. These two parties never cared for the Sikh community. They do not have any sympathy for Sikhs. Otherwise they would have approached the higher court challenging the verdict.

Delhi has around 12 lakh Sikh voters and their support is considered crucial in eight to 10 constituencies in West Delhi. “If BJP is so concerned,then why not a single BJP worker came out as witness in the riot cases in the last 20 years? Congress has always been with Sikhs. The Prime Minister had already apologised for the riots. Nobody is a better well wisher of Sikhs then Sonia Gandhi,” Lovely said.

Alleging that the NDA regime had done nothing to ensure justice to the victims of the riots,Lovely said the SAD government in Punjab had even failed to spend around Rs 144 crore out of Rs 500 crore sanctioned by the UPA government for various welfare schemes for the victims. “I had also experienced the trauma of the riots. Every Sikh and Indians feel the pain of 1984 riots. But what will you gain by holding the protests. BJP and SAD are politicising a very sensitive issue. The common Sikhs are not with the parties as they are aware of the motive of these two parties,” he said.

Fresh protests in Delhi

NEW DELHI: Over 200 Sikhs on Monday staged a protest near Parliament House in New Delhi,blocking traffic for about an hour against the acquittal of Sajjan Kumar. Holding placards and raising slogans against Congress,the protesters squatted at Vijay Chowk,just a few metres away from Parliament House. The angry protesters,numbering between 200 and 250,blocked traffic for about an hour after which they were taken into custody by police. Meanwhile,the indefinite fast of Nirpreet Kaur,one of the riot victims,entered the fourth day on Monday.

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