Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: Former Congress MP Sajjan Kumar was on Wednesday charge-sheeted by the Central Bureau of Investigation in two separate cases for allegedly making provocative speeches leading to the killing of about a dozen people during the 1984 anti-Sikh riots in the Capital.

The charge-sheets were filed in the court of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Kaveri Baweja following conclusion of the probe and after the Delhi Government granted sanction for prosecution of the accused under Section 153-A of the Indian Penal Code, which pertains to promoting enmity between different groups.

The cases were registered on the recommendation of the Nanavati Commission about five years ago

The cases in which Sajjan Kumar has been charged-sheeted were earlier registered at the Sultanpuri and Delhi Cantonment police stations.

The consolidated charge-sheet against Sajjan Kumar, Ved Prakash Payal, Peeriya Sansi, Khushal Singh and Brahmanand Gupta, pertains to three incidents of riots in Sultanpuri.

According to the CBI, after the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, Sajjan Kumar, the then MP from Outer Delhi, instigated a mob at Sultanpuri on the morning of November 1,1984.

Enmity

The agency alleged that the provocative speeches promoted instant and violent enmity against Sikhs, disturbing harmony between two religious groups, resulting in killings, plundering and burning of their houses.

Apart from the former Congress MP, those charge-sheeted in the other case are Balwan Khokhar, Mahender Yadav, Maha Singh, Bhagmal, Santosh Rani, Girdhari Lal and Krishna Khokhar.

The Central Bureau of Investigation alleged that a mob attacked and set on fire the Raj Nagar Gurdwara, burnt vehicles and houses of the Sikh community and burnt Nirmal Singh alive.

The agency alleged that Sajjan Kumar instigated a mob which later burnt alive Raghuvinder Singh, Narender Pal Singh and Kuldeep Singh at Raj Nagar on the morning of November 2, 1984.

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