March 15, 2013 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
New Delhi (March 15, 2013): According to media reports on March 14, 2013 the CBI rebutted the arguments made by Congress leader Sajjan Kumar and other accused persons in a November 1984 case in which they are facing trial, the CBI.
The CBI reportedly told a Sessions court at Delhi that the complainant Bibi Jagdish Kaur was an eyewitness to the violence against the Sikhs and the killings of her husband and son and that her statement to the court was completely trustworthy.
Special Public Prosecutor R. S. Cheema reportedly told the Judge J. R. Aryan that Bibi Jagdish Kaur had seen her husband and son being killed and had returned after initially fleeing to cremate their bodies and that she had neither improved her statement or exaggerated the facts in the court.
It is notable that Bibi Jagdish Kaur had also lost her three brothers during the Sikh genocide 1984.
“She is a person of extraordinary courage and memory who is doing everything to get justice. She is a witness of truth and has not changed her stand,” Mr. Cheema reportedly said.
The CBI prosecutor told the court that Bibi Jagdish Kaur had seen Balwan Khokhar killing her husband and her son and during the second incident of violence she had seen Girdhari Lal and Captain Bhagmal.
“She has not said the names of Kishan Khokhar and Mahender Yadav (two other accused) anywhere. This shows her truthfulness,” Mr. Cheema argued.
During their final arguments, the defense lawyers representing accused Sajjan Kumar and others had raised questions regarding the credibility of the witness.
Mr. Cheema also argued that there was overwhelming evidence that Bibi Jagdish Kaur had made a complaint and recorded her statement in the case on November 3, 1984, but the disappearance of this statement from the records showed the influence wielded by the accused persons and the callousness of the Delhi Police probe.
Meanwhile, Bibi Jagdish Kaur and another witness Bibi Nirpreet Kaur, moved an application through their lawyer H. S. Phoolka seeking permission to bring on court record two news articles from November 8, 1984, and November 25, 1984, that purportedly had mention about Sajjan Kumar.
The first article was titled “No action against erring Cong-I men” which purportedly says that opposition leaders had met then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and apprised him of specific cases of involvement of Congress(I) leaders in the violence.
The second article is purportedly titled “Shastri, Sajjan among four dropped” and alleges that their names were dropped from the list of candidates because of criticism of their alleged role in the riots.
The court will hear arguments on this application on March 18, 2013.
Special Public Prosecutor R. S. Cheema is expected to take up rebuttal of defence arguments against Bibi Nirpreet Kaur’s testimony during regular hearings of the case.
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