SC rejects Sajjan Kumar’s bail plea in 1984 anti-Sikh riots case

Satya Prakash
Tribune News Service
New Delhi, September 4

The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed a bail plea of former Delhi Congress chief Sajjan Kumar who’s serving a life sentence in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case.

“This is not a small case… We cannot grant you bail,” a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde advised senior advocate Vikas Singh, who represented Kumar.

The Bench – which additionally included Justice AS Bopanna and Justice V Ramasubramanium – additionally declined his plea for hospitalisation, saying his medical experiences prompt he didn’t have to be despatched to a hospital.

As Singh contended that it was a defective judgment and testimonies of witnesses had been fully reversed, the highest courtroom mentioned his attraction towards the Delhi High Court’s judgment convicting him within the case will probably be heard when the courtroom reopened for in-person hearings.

On behalf of riot victims, senior counsel HS Phoolka opposed Kumar’s bail plea, saying he was being taken care of correctly within the jail.

Earlier, the courtroom had refused to offer him interim bail on May 13 this yr after Solicitor General Tushar Mehta had submitted that “it’s a case genocide and he was leading a mob.”

Kumar (73)—who had sought interim bail on the bottom of his poor well being circumstances—is in jail since December 31, 2018, when he surrendered after being convicted and awarded life imprisonment by the Delhi High Court in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case.

He has challenged the Delhi High Court’s verdict of December 17, 2018, that awarded him life imprisonment for the “remainder of his natural life”.

The case relates the killing of 5 Sikhs in Delhi Cantonment’s Raj Nagar Part-I space of southwest Delhi on November 1-2 in 1984, and burning down of a Gurudwara in Raj Nagar Part-II.

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