1984 Anti-Sikh Riots: Top Court dismisses bail plea filed by Congress leader Sajjan Kumar

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The Top Court on Monday declined to grant bail to Congress leader Sajjan Kumar, who is serving life imprisonment in connection with 1984 Anti-Sikh Riots. The order was passed by Top Court Bench headed by Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde and Justice R Gava, on a plea filed by the convict.

Delhi High Court, last year in December, overturned the acquittal of Sajjan Kumar by a Session Court in 2013 and convicted him for Life Imprisonment. Delhi High Court found Kumar guilty for the killing of five members of a family in Raj Nagar and the torching of a gurdwara in Delhi on November 1, 1984.

Congress leader Sajjan Kumar, who has been awarded a life sentence by the Delhi High Court in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case, surrendered before the Karkardooma Court on Monday, December 31st- a date that was set as a deadline by the court to surrender. Later, the court had sent him to Mandoli Jail.

He had earlier moved to the Delhi High Court seeking more time to surrender, however, the request was rejected by the Court.

Besides Congress‘ Sajjan Kumar, Captain Bhagmal, Girdhari Lal and former Congress councilor Balwan Khokhar have been sentenced to life imprisonment.

As per the official records, more than 2700 Sikhs were killed across the nation after the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

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