''Initially prosecution deptt was against Sajjan''s prosecution''

New Delhi, Feb 7 (PTI) A senior official of Delhigovernment today told a court here that the prosecutiondepartment had opined against prosecution of senior Congressleader Sajjan Kumar in 1984 anti-sikh riots case for theoffence relating to causing disharmony among communities.

"The Director of Prosecution was of the opinion thatsanction in this case under section 153-A (causing disharmonybetween different communities) of IPC may not be granted,"Vishwendra, Joint Secretary (Home) of the city government,said.

Testifying as 11th prosecution witness, the officialsubmitted before Additional Sessions Judge Sunita Gupta thatthe opinion of the Director of Prosecution was later reversedby the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi in January last year.

"This case was received and processed in Home-II branchon November 10, 2009. The request received from DIG, CBI,along with the report of the SP was forwarded to Directorof Prosecution, Delhi, for seeking his opinion.

"Before giving his prosecution, the Director ofProsecution called for some more records. All the records thatwere made available by CBI were then forwarded to the Directorof Prosecution," he said.

"The material was considered in detail and the L-G made aelaborate note and opined that it is a fit case for grant ofsanction under section 153-A of IPC against the accusedpersons and granted the same accordingly," he said.

The official was cross-examined by Anil Kumar and S AHashmi, counsel for the Congress leader, and it would continueon February 9, the next date of hearing.

Earlier, Nirpreet Kaur, whose father was killed in 1984anti-Sikh riots, had identified five accused Sajjan Kumar,Balwan, Kishan, Mahender and Captain Bhagmal who are facingtrial relating to the killing of six persons at Delhi Canttduring the riots.

The riots had followed the assassination of the thenPrime Minister Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984.

The case against Sajjan Kumar was registered on arecommendation of the G T Nanavati Commission that had probedthe riots. CBI had filed two chargesheets against him andothers in January last year.

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