Terming as very unfortunate the acquittal of Congress leader Sajjan Kumar in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case,SAD on Tuesday said it will challenge the court order and demanded the setting up of a court-monitored Special Investigation Team to probe the riot cases.
The acquittal of Sajjan Kumar is sad and very unfortunate. We will challenge it in a higher court, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said.
Badal said while there was direct evidence against Kumar in the anti-Sikh riots case,he wondered how the Congress leader alone was left out while all other accused in the case have been convicted based on the evidence against them. Everyone in the country knows he (Kumar) was directly involved. There was direct evidence against him by witnesses who had come forward. The Sikh community is feeling very sad that justice has not been given, the chief minister said.
SAD president and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal said,This is the saddest day in the history of Sikhs and India. We will appeal in a higher court. We will continue to fight till we get justice.
The way CBI was used to save the guilty in the coal scam,in Sajjan Kumars case and also the whole CBI team was used by the Congress party to save him, Sukhbir said.
Meanwhile,SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar said the Sikh body will move a higher court in the case. We already knew that Congress would shield Sajjan Kumar. Rajiv Gandhi (after the assassination of Indira Gandhi) has stated jab koyee bara perh girta hai to dharti hilti hai (when a big tree falls,the earth shakes). It was Rajiv Gandhis youth brigade like Sajjan Kumar and Jagdish Tytler who led the genocide of Sikhs, Makkar said.
If they (Sajjan Kumar and Jagdish Tytler) are innocent,then who killed thousands of Sikhs?… How was it that all those killed were Sikhs and the houses destroyed were of Sikhs only? This was a planned conspiracy, Makkar added.
Akal Takht Giani Gurbachan Singh also flayed the verdict. In Chanakya Rajneeti,it is mentioned that shame on that person who is given right to do justice,but who fails to deliver. The court verdict to acquit Sajjan Kumar is very sad and unfortunate. Ideally,law should have been same for everyone. But the verdict today shows law is biased and injustice is being done to minorities at the behest of majorities, Singh said.
He added: On one side,there were a number of witnesses against Sajjan Kumar proving his role in Sikh genocide of 1984 and he has been acquitted and on the other,there was no witness against Devinderpal Singh Bhullar and he has been awarded death sentence. This shows law is not the same for everyone.
Asked for comment on a shoe being hurled at the judge following the verdict,Akal Takht chief said,Though this is not the right way to lodge a protest,but when someone feels hurt,he protests in some way. Hurling of the shoe means that the verdict is not acceptable.