Sajjan Kumar surrenders before Karkardooma court

Sajjan Kumar

The Hush Post| 12:10 pm|two-minute-read

Former Congress leader Sajjan Kumar, convicted in the anti-Sikh Riots of 1984 surrendered on Monday. He surrendered before the Karkardooma court in Delhi. This comes even as the former Congress leader moved the Supreme Court to challenge the life imprisonment awarded to him.

Court has sent him to Mandoli jail. Court has also ordered that a separate van would be provided for his movement due to security reasons.

Sajjan Kumar was convicted and sentenced to life by the Delhi High Court on December 17 in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots in Raj Nagar area.

The case relates to the killing of five Sikhs in Raj Nagar part-I area in Palam Colony in South West Delhi in the intervening period of November 1-2, 1984, and burning down a Gurudwara in Raj Nagar part II during that period.

The High Court also rejected the former Congress leader’s plea seeking an extension of time till January 30 to surrender for serving his punishment.

Earlier, the Delhi High Court had overturned his acquittal by the trial court. The court held that the violence was a “crime against humanity” engineered by politicians with assistance from police. The HC convicted him and five others saying that the “criminals” had escaped prosecution and punishment for over two decades.

“This court is of the view that the mass killings of Sikhs in Delhi and elsewhere in November 1984 were in fact ‘crimes against humanity’. They will continue to shock the collective conscience of society for a long time to come,” a bench of Justice S Muralidhar and Justice Vinod Goel had said. Just a day after conviction, Sajjan Kumar had resigned from the Congress party.


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