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1984 Anti-Sikh riots: Sajjan Kumar hospitalized, court defers hearing final arguments

July 10, 2024 05:24 PM

New Delhi : The Rouse Avenue court on Wednesday deferred the hearing of final arguments in an anti-Sikh riots case against former Congress MP Sajjan Kumar as he is hospitalized. This case pertains to the killing of a Father-son duo in the Saraswati Vihar area during the 1984 Anti-Sikh riots.

Special judge (CBI) Kaveri Baweja adjourned the hearing final arguments till July 18. His counsel Anil Kumar Sharma informed the court that the accused Sajjan Kumar has been hospitalised since yesterday. On November 1, 2023, the court had recorded his statement.

This case pertains to the rioting and alleged murder of Jaswant Singh and his son Tarundeep Singh in the Raj Nagar area. Initially, the case was registered at the police station Panjabi Bagh.

Later on, this case was investigated by the Special Investigation Team constituted on the recommendation of Justice G P Mathur's committee, and filed a charge sheet.
The committee had recommended the reopening of 114 cases. This case was one of them.

On December 16, 2021, the court framed charges against the accused Sajjan Kumar for the commission of the offences punishable Under Section 147/148/149 IPC as well as the offences punishable Under sections 302/308/ 323/395/397/427/436/440 read with Section 149 IPC.

It has been alleged by the SIT that the accused was leading the said mob and upon his instigation and abetment, the mob had burnt alive the above two persons and had also damaged, destroyed, and looted their household articles and other property, burnt their house and also inflicted severe injuries on the person of their family members and relatives residing in their house.

It is claimed that during the course of the investigation, material witnesses of the case were traced out, and examined and their statements were recorded under section 161 CrPC.
The statements of the complainant under the above provision were recorded on November 23, 2016, during the course of this further investigation, in which she again narrated the above incident of looting, arson, and murders of her husband and son by the mob armed with deadly weapons, and she is also claimed to have deposed therein about the injuries suffered by her and the other victims of the case, including her sister in law who is stated to have subsequently expired. She also clarified, interalia, in that statement that the photograph of the accused was seen by her in a magazine after around one and half months.

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