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CBI Finalises Chargesheet Against Congress Leader Sajjan Kumar

PTI 10 Jan 2010, 19:06:48 IST

CBI has finalised its chargesheet against senior Congress leader Sajjan Kumar in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case and is likely to submit it to the designated court in New Delhi "soon".

Sources in the agency said the chargesheet was finalised after receiving a nod from Delhi Lt Governor Tejinder Khanna recently to prosecute the Congress leader, an accused in the riots that shook the country 25 years ago after the assasination of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by her bodyguards. 

"We have finalised the chargesheet and it will be filed soon," a senior CBI official said requesting anonymity. 

The sanction was required in the case of Sajjan Kumar as he was also charged with section 153-A of IPC (spreading enmity between two communities). 

Sources said the sanction was given by Khanna to allow the CBI to launch court proceedings against the Congress leader. 

CBI has completed investigations or re-investigation of seven cases including that of Sajjan Kumar and another Congress leader, late Dharam Das Shastri. 

The case against Kumar was registered after the G T Nanavati Commission's report of February 2005, which had recommended fresh examination of complaints in which the Congress leader had been named and no chargesheet had been filed. 

CBI had sought prosecution sanction for four cases of rioting in Sultanpuri and Mongolpuri on November 1, 1984. 

The agency has filed a closure report in connection with another Congress leader Jagdish Tytler for want of evidence. The witnesses, questioned by the CBI in the US, were cited by the agency as unreliable. The court is yet to take a cognisance of the CBI report. 

In four cases the probe agency had sought permission from the Competent Authority -- the LG of Delhi -- to prosecute the accused persons. 

Kumar, was given the party ticket to contest from south Delhi Parliamentary constituency in the 2009 Lok Sabha elections.

But, after a public outcry against fielding him and Tytler for the Lok Sabha elections from Delhi, their tickets were cancelled by the party. PTI