CBI's final arguments against Sajjan on March 14

A court here on Tuesday fixed March 14 for hearing final arguments of the CBI in 1984 anti-Sikh riots case in which Congress leader Sajjan Kumar and five others are facing trial.

District judge J R Aryan could not hear the arguments of senior advocate R S Cheema, appearing for the CBI, as the lawyers at the Karkardooma Court complex were observing a day-long strike.

The CBI had commenced final arguments in the case on March 31, last year and the counsel for the accused had concluded their final arguments on February 4.

The case against Sajjan Kumar was registered in 2005 on a recommendation by justice G T Nanavati Commission.

The CBI had filed two chargesheets against him and the other accused in January 2010.

The Delhi High Court in February 2010 had ordered quick disposal of all pending 1984 anti-Sikh riots cases, including that of Congress leaders Sajjan Kumar and Jagdish Tytler. It added that they should be concluded within six months in the lower courts.

Vinod Kumar Bhardwaj, Shahdara Bar Association Secretary, said the advocates were abstaining from judicial work for one day due to vehicles parking issue with the district judge (east) P S Teji.

Sajjan Kumar is facing trial with five others — Balwan Khokkar, Kishan Khokkar, Mahender Yadav, Girdhari Lal and Captain Bhagmal — for allegedly inciting a mob against the Sikh community in Delhi Cantonment area.

The case relates to anti-Sikh riots that had broken out after the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984.

Delhi Police had earlier probed the riots cases and the investigation was handed over to the CBI in 2005.

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