Sajjan Kumar gets life imprisonment in anti-Sikh riots

Even after 34 years anti-Sikh riots are haunting Congress leaders. The Delhi High Court, today, convicted Congress leader Sajjan Kumar and sentenced him to life imprisonment in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case.

Apart from Kumar, Congress’ Captain Bhagmal, Girdhari Lal and former Congress councilor Balwan Khokhar have been sentenced to life imprisonment and Kishan Khokkar and former legislator Mahender Yadav have been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

The High Court while reading the judgement said, “In the summer of 1947, during partition, several people were massacred. 37 years later, Delhi was the witness of a similar tragedy. The accused enjoyed political patronage and escaped trial.”

A trial court had earlier cleared Kumar while convicting retired naval officer Captain Bhagmal, former Congress Councilor Balwan Khokhar Girdhari Lal and two others in a case related to the murder of five Sikh people belonging to a family in Raj Nagar area of Delhi on November 1, 1984.

The court convicted Kumar for criminal conspiracy, promoting enmity, acts against communal harmony and sentenced to life for conspiracy to commit murder. Kumar has to surrender by 31st December, 2018. The court pronounced the judgment on a petition challenging Congress leader Sajjan Kumar’s acquittal in connection with the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case.

In 2013, a Delhi court had acquitted Kumar in the case pertaining to the murder of five members of a Sikh family in the national capital. Taking cognisance of the appeal filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and 1984 anti-Sikh riots victims, the Delhi High Court ordered day to day hearing in Kumar’s acquittal case.

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