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1984 Sikh riots



Chandigarh,April 29, 2010:

Shiromani Akali Dal Member Lok Sabha from Bathinda, Smt. Harsimrat Kaur Badal today rocked the House when she asked the government to give a reply for the immunity being provided by the government to Sajjan Kumar and Jagdish Tytler, accused persons of the 84 riots by the CBI and government machinery.

Initiating discussion soon after the Question Hour, on HER notice for the Suspension of Question Hour, on the subject, “MISUSE OF GOVERNMENT MACHINERY AND THE CBI BY THE GOVERNMENT TO FAVOUR ACCUSED PERSONS OF THE 1984 RIOTS”, she raised the issue of misuse of CBI and the administrative machinery to protect Sajjan Kumar and Jagdish Tytler. She objected to the CBI’s filing closure report to favour Jagdish Tytler and also strongly protested the government’s failure to prosecute Sajjan Kumar for the murder of four Sikhs which was reported vide FIR no.67 of 1987.

Members belonging to the Congress party interrupted her a number of times during her speech.  Amidst pandemonium, the Speaker had to ask both the opposition and ruling to calm down. What was most shocking and surprising was that some Sikh Members of Parliament from Punjab belonging to the Congress party were seen supporting the Congress government rather than speaking in favour of the 7000 innocent sikhs.  However, Smt. Badal did not yield and raised the issue and sought justice for the riot-affected families. 

She also read out the statements made and affidavits given by prominent citizens before the Nanawati Commission and Mishra Commission. She read out the statement of Shri I.K. Gujral, former Prime Minister, statements of General Arora, Ms. Madhu Kishwar, and other many prominent citizens.

Smt. Badal also questioned the statement made by the Prime Minister in the House in which Prime Minister had said that specific cases would be reopened and reexamined. She said, “on the contrary the cases which were already open are being closed by either filing closure reports by the CBI or simple burying the challans already indicting the accused persons. Is this the way the tears would be wiped away from every suffering eye.”

She reminded the case of Jagdish Tytler and said that DIG and Joint Director CBI recommended to the Director to file charge sheet in this case, and Director CBI overruled both the opinions and filed closure report. Only a few days after that the Director retired and in return was given post retirement job by the government.

She informed the House that even after being indicted by Justice Nanavati Commission, Sajjan Kumar was given immunity by the government for four years, it was only when the issue was raised in the Parliament, the government gave permission to CBI to file the chargesheet.

Even after the CBI filed the chargesheet on 1st Feb., 2010, and issued warrants against Sajjan Kumar, Sajjan Kumar was not arrested. Even after a number of Non-bailable warrants and specific directions to the CBI and the police to arrest Sajjan Kumar and to produce him before the Court, neither the CBI nor the police arrested Sajjan Kumar. But on the other hand, police continued providing him Z+ security. Finally on 26th February 2010 Sajjan Kumar got bail, she said.

The most startling revelation that she made was in regard to the FIR no.67 of 1987 filed on 18th Feb. 1987 for murder of four Sikhs.  “After registration of FIR, investigations were carried out by the Investigating Officer who found Sajjan Kumar guilty of murders and filed the challan. But so far for 18 years, the challan was buried under the files.

And recently on 17th April, 2010 it was brought out by the Special Public Prosecutor and exposed the nexus between the accused persons, police, prosecution and the CBI.” A number of police officials, Commissions heads, and politicians who helped hiding the truth were rewarded by Cabinet berths, memberships of Rajya Sabha and were given higher posts.

She said that this state sponsored massacre, revenge killing was perpetrated against Sikhs, who in the history of this country have made the biggest sacrifices in the Freedom Struggle to get the country independence and probably the most patriotic people. But instead of being remorseful, accused persons were given Cabinet Berths, and accused persons were given immunity from the day they committed the crimes. 

In the end she demanded immediate filing of challans against Sajjan Kumar and others in the case of FIR NO.67/87, and asked the government to reply whether they are ready to do it or not.



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