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1984 Sikh Riots: SC Declines Urgent Hearing Of Sajjan Kumar's Bail Plea

Prabhati Nayak Mishra
5 Aug 2019 12:37 PM GMT
1984 Sikh Riots: SC Declines Urgent Hearing Of Sajjan Kumar
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In the 1984 anti- Sikh riots case, the Supreme Court bench headed by Justice SA Bobde on Monday decided to give final hearing on the appeal and other applications including bail plea of convict Sajjan Kumar for during Apex Court's summer break in May, 2020.

The bench declined the submission Kumar's counsel Sr Advocate Vikas Singh for atleast hearing of bail plea before the summer vacation as there are many factual inaccuracies against Kumar.

" We can't hear your plea for suspension of sentence before vacation...the appeal itself will take more time...Justice Bobde said and posted the matter for May.

Representing the complaints Sr. Advocate Dushyant Dave countered all the arguments of Singh.

He said people have been slaughtered and police didn't act. Even original FIR is missing, Dave added.

Kumar, 73, was awarded life term by the Delhi High Court in December last year. Presently he is lodged in Tihar jail.

He had resigned from the Congress party after he was convicted by the high court.

The case relates back to the killing of five Sikhs in Delhi Cantonment's Raj Nagar Part-I area of southwest Delhi on November 1-2 in 1984, and burning down of a Gurudwara in Raj Nagar Part-II.

Anti-Sikh riots had broken out after the assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by two of her Sikh bodyguards on October 31, 1984.

Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has been opposing his bail plea and claimed in the court that Kumar was the "kingpin" of a gruesome offence in which Sikhs were "massacred" in Delhi during 1984 riots.

Reversing the trial court's 2010 verdict, which had acquitted Kumar in the case, the high court had convinced Kumar.

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