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Police prepared charge sheet against Sajjan Kumar, did not file it in court

The document was based on a complaint filed by Gurbachan Singh of Tilak Vihar.


Sajjan Kumar

he Delhi police, despite having sufficient evidence to prove the involvement of Congress leader Sajjan Kumar in one of the incidents of violence during the anti-Sikh riots of 1984, did not present the charge sheet of the investigation to the court. The personnel of Nangloi police station in west Delhi stated in April 1992 that on the basis of their investigation and evidence based on FIR number 67/1987, a charge sheet was fit to be presented against Congress leader Sajjan Kumar for his involvement in the riot case.

The charge sheet was based on a complaint filed by Gurbachan Singh, a riot victim from Tilak Vihar. This newspaper has a copy of the charge sheet.

The document, signed by inspector Mann Chand of the riot cell, was forwarded to the assistant commissioner of police of the riot cell on 8 April 1992, recommending the summoning of the accused. The FIR states, "Gurbachan Singh in his affidavit in case FIR 418/91 P.S. Nangloi which is under investigation has alleged the involvement of some other residents of the area including Sajjan Kumar in the riots. It is further stated that on the basis of investigation and evidence, a challan is fit to be presented against Sajjan Kumar. But due to law and order problem he has not been arrested. Accused be summoned through notice."

Commenting on the Nangloi case, senior lawyer H.S. Phoolka said that this proved that the government and the Delhi police were still shielding Sajjan Kumar. "The charge sheet was ready to be filed in 1992, but nothing was done. This is a case where only Sajjan Kumar's name has been mentioned. Rather than taking action against the erring officials who did not present the charge sheet to the court, the Delhi police ordered further investigation into the case despite a charge sheet already being prepared. They are still trying to protect Kumar."

According to the charge sheet, the case was first investigated by sub-inspector Ram Chander. The investigation was later taken up by assistant sub-inspector Charan Das. "During investigation, the Inspector investigated the place of occurrence, recorded statement and prepared the rough draft and made local enquiries," said the charge sheet. Apart from these two, the witness list of the charge sheet has three more names — that of complainant Gurbachan Singh, head constable Jairam Singh and inspector Mann Chand of the riot cell.

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