Cops didn’t produce witnesses in five 1984 riot cases: CBI

In five anti-Sikh riot cases originating from the same FIR filed against Sajjan Kumar,no witnesses were produced by police,resulting in the acquittal of the accused persons,the CBI informed a Delhi court on Tuesday.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: April 4, 2012 3:00:12 am

In five anti-Sikh riot cases originating from the same FIR filed against Sajjan Kumar,no witnesses were produced by police,resulting in the acquittal of the accused persons,the CBI informed a Delhi court on Tuesday.

Advancing final arguments before District Judge J R Aryan,CBI prosecutor and senior advocate R S Cheema said that in the trial of five other 1984 riot cases,the Delhi Police had not produced any eyewitness in the court,and only police officials were examined,which resulted in acquittal of the accused.

The prosecutor said police had clubbed the five other cases in the FIR registered with the present case,in which Sajjan Kumar and five others are facing trial for allegedly instigating a mob to kill Sikhs in Delhi cantonment area.

Reading out the judgements of the other 1984 riot cases in which the accused were acquitted,Cheema said during the trial of those cases,no witness was produced in the court,and even the judges had asked police why they had failed to do so.

The prosecutor told the court that initially police had not made Sajjan Kumar an accused in the case,and he was named in the case only in 2005,after the CBI took over the investigation.

The CBI’s arguments on Tuesday continue a stream,in which the agency has accused the Delhi Police of “keeping their eyes closed” during the riots,and also of fabricating and destroying case records so that the accused in various cases are not brought to book.

It was earlier argued that as per CBI’s investigation,Jagdish Kaur,a prime witness,had recorded a statement before the police on November 3,1984,where she had named several persons including Sajjan Kumar and two other accused in the case.

However,the prosecutor said that deposition was missing from the police records.

CBI’s arguments in the case remained inconclusive and will continue on April 9,the next date of hearing.

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