Refusing to give relief to former Congress leader Sajjan Kumar in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case, the Delhi High Court on Friday (December 21) dismissed his plea seeking more time to surrender.
The high court on Monday had overturned a lower court order and convicted the Congress leader in the case. Sajjan Kumar was sentenced to life imprisonment.
The former Congress leader had filed an application in the Delhi High Court seeking a month to surrender. He had sought more time saying he had to settle family affairs. His application said that Kumar is “under shock and surprise” since the time he has been convicted and he believes that he is innocent.
Rejecting the plea, the court today said there was “no ground for granting an extension of time to Sajjan Kumar to surrender”.
Sajjan Kumar has been sentenced to life in prison in the case related to the killing of five people in the Delhi Cantonment area following the assassination of Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984. The Delhi High Court, while overturning the order on Monday said, “the trial court ignored evidence of the conspiracy.”
Sajjan Kumar and five others were tried in the case involving the killing of five Sikhs – Kehar Singh, Gurpreet Singh, Raghuvender Singh, Narender Pal Singh and Kuldeep Singh, who were members of the same family – by a mob in Delhi Cantonment’s Raj Nagar area.
On Tuesday, Sajjan Kumar also submitted the resignation letter from the party membership to Rahul Gandhi.
News credit : indiatoday