New Delhi: Veteran Congress leader Sajjan Kumar, facing trial for his alleged role in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case involving the killings of six people in city cantonment area, on Monday vehemently denied in a Delhi court the allegations that he had incited a mob to slaughter Sikhs.

Deposing before Additional Sessions Judge Sunita Gupta, the former outer Delhi MP asserted that the testimonies, given by other witnesses in this case against him, were at the instance of his political rivals.

Kumar emphasised that he did not even visit the area of occurrence of the crime on the fateful night.

"On the night of November 1, 1984, I did not even go to the area of Rajnagar nor I incited or threatened anybody. The allegations against me regarding this are false and have been made at the instance of my political opponents and CBI officials.

Kumar is facing trial along with five others including the former city councillor Balwan Khokkar, for inciting mobs against the Sikh community and having six of them killed in city cantonment area during the riots that followed the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984.

Kumar also vehemently denied that he provoked rioters in making emotive anti-Sikh slogans like,  "Ek bhi sardar jinda nahi bachna chaiye. Jo ghar sardaron ka bachha hai, use bhi jala do. In sardaron ko maro inhone hamari maa ko mara hain. (Not even a single Sikh should be left alive. Burn their houses. These Sikhs have killed our mother.)" Kumar questioned the delays of 16 to 24 years made by the relatives of the victims in naming him as an accused in the case.

Kumar pointed out that Jagdish Kaur, Nirpreet Kaur and Jagsher Singh, who lost their family members during the riots, did not make any allegation against him for several years before any forum including the Delhi police and various judicial commissions set up to probe the riots.

"At the instance of my political opponents and CBI officials and in order to support the false statement of Jagdish Kaur, Jagsher Singh, for the first time after a lapse of 23 years, has given a false statement before CBI on November 7, 2007," said Kumar adding he never named him personally in his complaints or affidavits to any of the commissions or authorities.

Similarly, he accused other witnesses--Nirpreet Kaur and Jagdish Kaur--also of deposing falsely against him in the court.

"Nirpreet Kaur has a criminal background and was caught during operation Black Thunder in 1988 from Golden Temple in Amritsar. She was involved in anti-national activities and remained in jail for 7 to 8 years," said Kumar, adding, she had two husbands and both were terrorists.
Questioning the allegations of his involvement in the killings in city cantt area, levelled by Nirpreet Kaur, Kumar said that the woman earlier never made him an accused in the case of her father's killing, which had resulted in acquittal but has now named him in the present case.

(Agencies)