Former Congress MP Sajjan Kumar on Monday defended himself in a Karkardooma court against charges of inciting rioters against Sikhs in the 1984 riots.
He maintained that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) as well as his political opponents had falsely implicated him in the case.
Responding to questions raised by Additional Sessions Judge Sunita Gupta,he denied that he had incited a mob that killed five persons in Rajnagar,Palam,following the assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on October 31,1984. On the night of November 1,1984,I did not even go to the area of Rajnagar. I did not incite or threaten anybody either. The allegations against me are false, Kumar said.
Questioning the delay in recording the statements of prosecution witnesses,he said: At the instance of my political opponents and CBI officials,and to support the false statement of Jagdish Kaur (the woman who lost her husband,three brothers and son in the riots),Jagsher Singh (Kaurs cousin) named me for the first time after a lapse of 23 years before the CBI in November 2007. Before that,he had never named me in front of the police or any commission or committee.
The politician also denied charges levelled against him by witnesses that he had raised anti-Sikh slogans such as,Jo ghar sardaron ka bachha hai,usse.. jo Hindu bhai unko sharan deta hai uska ghar bhi jala do aur unko bhi maro.
I did not participate in any meeting or provocatively address any gathering while standing on a jeep. On November 2,1984,I was not present in Rajnagar, he said.
Questioning the credentials of witness Nirpeet Kaur,he said: Nirpeet Kaur has been set up as a false witness by the CBI. She has a criminal background and was caught during Operation Black Thunder in 1988 from Golden Temple. She indulged in anti-national activities and was in jail for seven-eight years. Her husband,Roshan Lal Bajrangi,was a dreaded terrorist and was involved in several cases,including murder. He was shot dead by the Delhi Police in an encounter.
The judge asked 169 questions to the Congress leader,regarding his involvement in the offence. Further statements will be recorded on Tuesday.
Kumar is facing trial along with five others,including former city councillor Balwan Khokkar,for inciting mobs against the Sikh community. The trial court had framed charges against Kumar and five others under Sections 302 (murder),395 (dacoity),427 (mischief to cause damage to property),153A (promoting enmity between different communities) and other provisions of the IPC in May 2010.
Besides Kumar,the other accused in the case are Balwan Khokkar,Krishan Khokkar,Mahender Yadav,Captain Bhagmal and Girdhari Lal. The court has so far recorded the statements of Balwan,Kishan,Mahender,Girdhari and Bhagmal. All of them defended Kumar.