Congress refuses comment on Sajjan Kumar warrant
Last updated: 17 February, 2010
New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS): 17:38 IST
The Congress Wednesday refused to comment on the non-bailable arrest warrant issued against party leader Sajjan Kumar in connection with 1984 anti-Sikh riots cases. The party said it was for the courts to deal with criminal matters.
Replying to queries about the non-bailable warrant issued against Sajjan Kumar by a Delhi court, Congress spokesman Manish Tewari said: "The Congress always believes that the law should be allowed to take its course and there should be no interference in it."
"It is for the courts to deal with criminal matters. It is a legal process which is being played out," he added.
Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Lokesh Kumar issued the warrants for Feb 23 for the arrest of Sajjan Kumar and six others.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had filed a charge sheet against Sajjan Kumar and others in two cases for allegedly instigating some mobs that killed over 3,000 Sikhs across Delhi in the days following the assassination of then prime minister Indira Gandhi Oct 31, 1984.
Asked if the party would take any action against Sajjan Kumar, Tewari said: "Once a verdict comes, then the party will take appropriate decision."
He said the decision not to give ticket to Sajjan Kumar in the 2009 Lok Sabha polls "was taken in a particular context".
Independent Rajya Sabha MP from Haryana S. Tarlochan Singh, who had earlier moved a calling attention motion in the Rajya Sabha on the relief to the victims of the 1984 riots, said "there are many Sajjan Kumars in the case".
"After 25 years... he is the only one Sajjan Kumar... There are many Sajjan Kumars in this case. He is not the only one who killed 3,000 people. We need justice. We are waiting for justice," he said.
"He was only a Congress worker when the incident took place. Later, he was promoted for 'all his good work'. Some others were even made ministers," Singh