11:32 am : 24.May.2016

1984 Sikh Genocide accused Sajjan Kumar says he has a right to confront witness

SajjanKumarNew Delhi, May 23 (Agency)

Congress leader Sajjan Kumar Wednesday told a Delhi court hearing a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case against him that he has a right to confront a key witness with the evidence on record.


Sajjan Kumar's counsel I.U. Khan told District Judge J.R. Aryan that his client had a right to cross-examine the witness with regard to evidence available on record.


The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) took the stand that it was "not relying" on the statements of witness Jagdish Kaur as these were contradictory.


The court would next hear the matter May 26.


Khan told the court that the probe agency was not relying upon certain documents of Jagdish Kaur.


He said that prosecutor R.S. Cheema July 12, 2010, made a statement in the court that affidavits of a witness in the case could not be used as they were contradictory.


The CBI opposed Sajjan Kumar's plea and said it took objection in 2010 to Jagdish Kaur's affidavits and statements, filed before the Ranganath Misra Commission and the G.T. Nanavati Commission, set up to probe the riots, but the accused had not said anything at that time.


The court was hearing the final arguments in a case against Sajjan Kumar and five other accused for inciting mob against the Sikh community during the riots that broke out after the assassination of then prime minister Indira Gandhi Oct 31, 1984.