CBI chargesheets Sajjan Kumar in 1984 riots cases


New Delhi : The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Wednesday filed chargesheets against former Congress MP Sajjan Kumar and others in two separate cases related to the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

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Two chargesheets were filed before Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Kaveri Baweja at the Tis Hazari Court here. This is the first time the CBI has chargesheeted Sajjan Kumar.

The first chargesheet pertains to the killing of five people in the Delhi Cantonment area. The second chargesheet relates to the death of many people in riots in Sultanpuri. The CBI also filed a closure report in a case of riots in Mangolpuri area.

The investigating agency chargesheeted Sajjan Kumar and others under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), including 302 (murder), 153-A (rioting) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy).

After the chargesheet was filed, the court transferred all the cases to Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Lokesh Kumar, Karkardooma courts, and listed the case for hearing Jan 18.

Hearing of all cases under trial related to the anti-Sikh riots are being held in the Karkadooma courts.

The CBI filed the chargesheets after Delhi Lt. Governor Tejendra Khanna gave it the go-ahead Dec 31 to prosecute Sajjan Kumar in four cases of murder and communal rioting cases related to the 1984 anti-Sikh carnage.

Two cases were registered in the Sultanpuri police station and one each was registered in Mangolpuri and Delhi Cantonment police stations.

Former parliamentarian Sajjan Kumar is accused of instigating mobs that went on the rampage, killing over 3.000 Sikhs across Delhi in 1984 followoing the assassination of then prime minister Indira Gandhi.

The sanction was required as Kumar is a former MP and has been charged under Section 153-A of the IPC (spreading enmity between two communities).