1984 riots: Supreme Court issues notice to CBI on Sajjan Kumar’s plea

On December 21, Delhi High Court rejected Sajjan Kumar’s plea seeking more time to surrender. In his plea, the 73-year-old said that he has a big family that includes besides his wife, three children and eight grandchildren and he wants time to meet them all before surrendering.

Saima Siddiqui

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Published on 14 Jan 2019 8:17 AM GMT

Supreme Court issues notice to CBI on Sajjan Kumar’s plea
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New Delhi: The Supreme Court issued a notice to Central Bureau of Investigation, on former Congress leader Sajjan Kumar’s plea against the order as well as his bail plea, who was convicted of life imprisonment from Delhi High Court in 1984 Sikh riots.

The Court of Metropolitan Magistrate (MM), Aditi Garg sought CBI’s reply within six weeks. She also directed that Kumar be lodged at Mandoli Jail, “as per rules”after he surrender to the court.

MM Garg also rejected Kumar’s petition to be lodged in the high-security Tihar Jail, but allowed his plea to let him be taken to the prison in a separate vehicle.

“It is stated by the counsel for the convict that he was acquitted by the trial court order, vide 30.4.2013. The said order was reversed by the Delhi HC, vide order dated 17.12.2018… In view of the above, the convict is taken into custody and is sent to jail as per rules. Since there is security threat to the convict, he be provided separate van for commuting from jail to court and court to jail.” the court stated.

Sajjan Kumar had challenged the Delhi High Court’s life imprisonment punishment in the Supreme Court.

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On December 21, Delhi High Court rejected Sajjan Kumar’s plea seeking more time to surrender. In his plea, the 73-year-old said that he has a big family that includes besides his wife, three children and eight grandchildren and he wants time to meet them all before surrendering.

A division bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice SK Kaul issued the notice in this case.

It is to be mentioned that Sajjan Kumar was convicted in the killing of five members of a Sikh family in Raj Nagar, Delhi’s Cantonment area, in 1984 anti-sikh riots.

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The main accussed, Sajjan Kumar was sentenced to life imprisonment for the remaining life on December 17 and he had been ordered to surrender till December 31, 2018, by Delhi High Court.

Moreover, High Court rejected Sajjan Kumar’s plea seeking more time to surrender, as he wants to spend some time with his family was rejected by Delhi HC. The convict wanted High Court to extend this time till January 30, 2019.

Why did the riot break out?

The 1984 riots took place after the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards on October 31, 1984, after which five members of a Sikh family in the Delhi’s Cantonment area were murdered. More than 3,000 people were killed after the assassination of Indira Gandhi in 1984.

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