New Delhi, May 1 : Former Congress Councillor Balwan Khokhar, serving life term in one of the 1984 riots cases,

on Monday blamed his senior party colleague Sajjan Kumar in the Delhi High Court for allegedly ruining his life by making him as cape goat. "My life has been ruined by Sajjan Kumar and his lawyers. He (Kumar) himself escaped from conviction in the cases,” Khokhar orally submitted before a bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Anu Malhotra. He was produced from jail in pursuance to a production warrant issued by the high court. Khokhar, who is in advanced stage of life and was allowed to make submissions in person, said as of today, he has been left with nothing and parted away with all his agricultural land to fight the case. “Today, I do not have anything, including money. His (Kumar) lawyers have also ditched me. This case has cost me everything I had and even my agricultural land has been sold off during the trial,” he submitted in the court. The convict made the statement on being asked by the court whether he will have his own lawyer to defend himself in three different cases reopened by it for retrial and re-investigation or it should provide him a legal aid counsel. Khokhar, however, said he needed some time to look for a counsel of his choice, which was allowed by the court. The bench sought his presence on the next date of hearing in the matter on July 11. Khokhar was convicted in a riot case in the Delhi Cantonment area in which Kumar was acquitted by the trial court. The high court, on March 29, had issued show cause notices to 11 accused in five 1984 anti-Sikh riots cases, who were acquitted of the charges, as to why it should not order re-investigation and retrial against them as they had faced allegations of "horrifying crimes against humanity". It had also asked the police to produce the complainants in the cases, along with the status of the accused, who were acquitted by the trial court in all the cases. The Delhi Police today gave details of two complainants, out of the five, and said three of them were not traceable and there was a possibility that one or two might have died. It also said that many of the accused persons have also died. To this, the bench directed the police to produce proof of those who have died. It also asked the CBI, the prosecuting agency in the case, to produce details with regard to all the five cases which have been weeded out in 2005, so that the arguments could be heard in these matters.

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