1984 Anti-Sikh Riots: SC Notice to CBI on Sajjan Kumar’s Appeal

Sajjan Kumar (73) surrendered before a trial court in Delhi on 31 December 2018, to serve his life sentence.

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Delhi High Court reversed the acquittal of Congress leader Sajjan Kumar in relation to his role in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, sentencing the Congress MP to life imprisonment.

The Supreme Court on Monday, 14 January, issued notice to the CBI on former Congress leader Sajjan Kumar's appeal against his conviction in an 1984 anti-Sikh riots case.

A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Ashok Bhushan and S K Kaul also issued notice on Kumar's bail plea.

Kumar (73) surrendered before a trial court in Delhi on 31 December 2018, to serve his sentence in accordance with the high court's 17 December verdict, which sent him to prison for the "remainder of his natural life".

The case in which Kumar was convicted and sentenced relates to the killing of five Sikhs in Delhi Cantonment's Raj Nagar Part-I area of southwest Delhi on 1-2 November, 1984 and the burning down of a gurudwara.

The riots broke out after the assassination of then prime minister Indira Gandhi on 31 October 1984, by her two Sikh bodyguards.

Kumar, who surrendered before Metropolitan Magistrate Aditi Garg, has been lodged in Mandoli jail in northeast Delhi.

The Delhi HC earlier rejected Kumar's petition to be lodged in the high-security Tihar jail, but allowed his plea for security and directed the police to take him to the prison in a separate vehicle.

Sajjan on Trial in Second Case

Kumar had appeared on 21 December, before the Patiala House Court, for a hearing in another case registered by the CBI against him on the recommendation of the Nanavati Commission.

He is facing trial on charges of murder and instigating a mob in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case pertaining to killings in Delhi's Sultanpuri area.

But the hearing was quickly adjourned for 22 January after Kumar’s main counsel Anil Sharma didn’t appear before the court for cross examination of witnesses in the case, ANI reported.

(With inputs from PTI, ANI)

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