Delhi High Court rejects Sajjan Kumar’s plea

The Delhi high court today dismissed the plea of Congress leader Sajjan Kumar, convicted to serve the rest of his life in jail for killing five people in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, seeking additional time to surrender. The court had asked him to surrender by December 31 but he had on Thursday moved it seeking time till the end of January.

The court had asked him to surrender by December 31 but he had on Thursday moved it seeking time till the end of January. In his 15-point request filed before the court, Kumar mentioned how the high court’s verdict finding him guilty had stunned him and he needed time to prepare for the jail sentence.

Justices S Muralidhar and Vinod Goel had given the 73-year-old politician, who was considered a Congress strongman in the scores of villages on the outskirts of the national capital, time till December 31 to surrender.

Foremost among the reasons stated in his application seeking a delay in his surrender was the fact that he has eight grandchildren aged between 25 years and five years. The application also states that he has a big family, both from maternal and paternal side.

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