February 5, 2013 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
New Delhi, India (February 05, 2013): It is learnt that Indian politician and leader of Congress party Sajjan Kumar and five others concluded their final arguments in a Delhi court in a case related to November 1984 violence against the Sikh on February 04, 2013.
As per media reports the accused, in their arguments, have questioned the conduct of the complainant and key witness and accused her of often changing her stand.
It is notable that the accused did not face trial for more than 25 years for their involvement in genocidal violence against the Sikhs in which thousands of innocent Sikhs were massacred.
“Concluding the arguments, advocate Anil Sharma, appearing for Sajjan and other accused, told District Judge J R Aryan that ‘as the case does not stand on its fact, it cannot succeed on law point also’.”, Zee News has reported on it’s website.
“The counsel questioned the conduct of complainant and key witness Jagdish Kaur, who had lost lives of her family members during the riots in 1984” it added.
It is learnt that the main argument of Sajjan Kumar’s lawyer was that there were some differences between Bibi Jagdish Kaur’s statements that were recorded before various commissions or committees set-up by the Indian Government during a period of 25 years since the incident.
It is notable that the case against Sajjan Kumar was registered in 2005 on a recommendation by Justice G T Nanavati Commission. CBI had filed two charge sheets against him and the other accused in January 2010.
The trial court had framed charges against Sajjan Kumar and the five others under Sections 302 (murder), 395 (dacoity), 427 (mischief to cause damage to property), 153-A (promoting enmity between different communities) and other provisions of the Indian Penal Code.
It is further notable that “genocide” as such does not amount to any offence under Indian law as there is no law prohibiting or providing for punishment for various acts amounting to genocide.
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Related Topics: 1984 Sikh Genocide, Bibi Jagdish Kaur, Sajjan Kumar