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No allegation of instigation against me: Sajjan to HC

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

today submitted in the there was no allegation against him of instigating a mob against Sikhs on October 31, 1984, after the assassination of the then

A bench of Acting and Justice was informed by Kumar's that initially the victim had named several persons before the authorities but not the former and that he had no connection with the co-accused.

Senior Amit Sibal, appearing for Kumar, argued that there was also no allegation of any involvement of the in the October 31, 1984 incident either in the charge sheet in the court. The trial court had framed charges of instigation and abetment against him but there was no allegation, he claimed.

Regarding the charge of criminal conspiracy, Sibal and Anil Kumar Sharma, said no role was assigned to Kumar of his involvement with the co-accused and three prosecution witnesses had also not stated anything about him.

While Kumar was acquitted by the trial court, former Balwan Khokhar, retired Bhagmal, Girdhari Lal and two others were held guilty in the case.

The high court was hearing CBI's appeal against Kumar's acquittal in the murder of five Sikhs in the Raj Nagar area of on November 1, 1984, after the

The trial court had awarded life term in May 2013 to Khokhar, and Girdhari Lal and three-year jail term to two others -former MLA Mahender Yadav and Kishan Khokhar. They have challenged their conviction and jails terms awarded by the trial court.

The CBI too has filed an appeal seeking enhancement of sentence of the convicts and the acquittal of Kumar, alleging that all of them were engaged in "a planned communal riot" and "religious cleansing".

The high court had on March 29 last year issued show cause notice to 11 accused, including Khokhar and Yadav, in five other 1984 riots cases in which they had been acquitted by the trial court.

The accused, who were acquitted of the charges, were asked why should the court not order reinvestigation and retrial against them as they faced allegations of "horrifying crimes against humanity".

The bench had issued notice on the complaints filed regarding the violent incidents on November 1 and 2, 1984 in area.

Earlier, the bench had sought a reply from Kumar on a letter purportedly written to it by the Delhi Gurdwara Management Committee alleging that the accused in the case have confessed to being present at the spot where the violent incidents had occurred.

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First Published: Fri, April 13 2018. 21:20 IST