Republic TV has accessed key and damning sections of Monday's verdict in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case that saw the acquittal of Sajjan Kumar being reversed and the Congress man being handed a life term for his role in the horrific mob violence.
The court verdict makes startling observations, stating in clear language:
"This was an extraordinary case where it was going to be impossible to proceed against Sajjan Kumar in the normal scheme of things because there appeared to be ongoing large-scale efforts to suppress the cases against him by not even recording or registering them."
The judges continued, "Even if they were registered they were not investigated properly and even the investigations which saw any progress were not carried to the logical end of a charge sheet actually being filed. Even the defence does not dispute that as far as FIR No.416/1984 is concerned, a closure report had been prepared."
The pronouncement of the verdict, coming after 34-years of seeking justice, had been understandably emotion-laden with counsels as well as the judges shedding tears and the bench calling the massacre a 'crime against humanity'.
That leaders from the then-dominant Congress party were involved in the killings of an estimated over 3000 members of the Sikh community following the assassination of Indira Gandhi had been conceded by Rahul Gandhi in 2014 while speaking to Arnab Goswami, though the Congress president committed a u-turn in 2018.
Speaking to Republic TV on Monday, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley also gave a background of how difficult it had been to get to this point, where over the last few weeks there has been a string of convictions, including death sentences and life terms.
Stating that Congress leaders had been 'instigators-in-chief' in the 1984 riots, the union minister said "Every resident of Delhi knew the hard facts. Congress leaders led the mobs in locality after locality."
On the subsequent coverup, he added, "To coverup, a political rationale was given by Rajiv Gandhi (a reference to 'When a large tree falls, the ground shakes'). Commissions were appointed who tried to cover it up."
He cited how it was during the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led NDA government that the Nanavati Commission was appointed and under Narendra Modi an SIT was appointed.
Calling Sajjan Kumar a 'symbol of the 1984 genocide' and accusing the Congress of having only lip-sympathy, he elaborated, "Effectively, after 1984 they gave tickets to those involved. Some became parliamentarians -- they made some ministers. It comes on a day when one of them is being sworn in as CM (in reference to Kamal Nath)"