DELHI: Delhi’s Patiala House Court will hear a second case filed against Congress leader Sajjan Kumar in relation to the 1984 anti-Sikh genocide on Thursday at 10 am.
The second case was filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and relates to the killing of Sikhs in the Sultanpuri area of Delhi.
The case has been at the Patiala House Courts since 2005 where it has taken five years for the trial court to frame charges as Sajjan Kumar and the others accused had appealed before the Delhi High Court against the trial court’s July 2010 order. Three years later, in July 2013, the High Court dismissed Sajjan Kumar’s plea and ordered him to face trial.
The CBI are yet to conclude recording of the statements of the prosecution witnesses on charges of the murder of Surjit Singh.
Of the 17 witnesses listed by the CBI, only one, Sheela Kaur (pictured below), has deposed so far with a second witness slated to depose tomorrow. Since November 2015, the trial court has been hearing the case on urgent basis. Of the five accused, two died, so charges against them were closed.
On Tuesday, a day after being convicted for abetting the murder of five Sikhs in the 1984 anti-Sikh genocide, Sajjan Kumar resigned from primary membership of the Congress party.
A three-time Lok Sabha MP from Outer Delhi, Kumar, 73, was sentenced to imprisonment for the rest of his natural life.
Sajjan Kumar was a Congress MP until as late as 2004 and it was only in 2009 that the party denied him a ticket following outrage over the 1984-tainted leaders Kumar and Jagdish Tytler being considered as candidates.
Both were asked to sit out with the Congress fielding Sajjan Kumar’s brother Ramesh Kumar instead of him. Ramesh Kumar won in 2009 but lost in 2014.
After Sajjan Kumar’s conviction, all eyes will be on Congress’ former MP Jagdish Tytler, a suspect in three Sikh killings during the massacre at Gurdwara Pul Bangash, Bara Hindu Rao area of New Delhi in November 1984.
This was one of the three cases the Nanavati Commission ordered to be reopened for a fresh CBI probe in 2005.
The case against Tytler has witnessed several twists and turns with the CBI earlier filing three closure reports — in 2007, 2009 and again in 2014.
It was only when complainant Lakhwinder Kaur, whose husband had died in the Pul Bangash attack, filed a protest petition that the court rejected CBI’s closure report in the matter.
By an order dated December 4, 2015, Karkardooma courts asked the CBI to continue probing Tytler’s role.
This case is listed for hearing on January 31, 2019, with the CBI expected to file a report of the lie detector test of one of the murder witnesses, namely Abhishek Verma (pictured below).
Tomorrow, Delhi’s Patiala House Court will hear the Sultanpuri killings case wherein Sajjan Kumar is an accused.
The hearing will involve the cross-examination of witness Cham Kaur (pictured below), whose father and son were killed in the genocide on November 1, 1984.