1984 anti-Sikh riots case: Sajjan Kumar moves SC against conviction

New Delhi: Former Congress leader Sajjan Kumar has approached the Supreme Court challenging his conviction and the life term awarded to him by the Delhi High Court in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case.

Senior advocate HS Phoolka, who is representing the victims of the riots cases, said he has been conveyed by the the SC registry that Kumar has filed an appeal against the high court’s judgement.

He said the victims had already filed a caveat to pre-empt any ex parte hearing in favour of Kumar.

On December 17, the high court had convicted and sentenced Sajjan Kumar to life in jail in the killing of five members of a family in Raj Nagar and the torching of a gurdwara in the capital on November 1, 1984. He was the parliamentarian of that area at the time.

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

The high court had on Friday rejected Kumar’s plea seeking extension of time till January 30 to surrender for serving his punishment. The 73-year-old said he has three children and eight grandchildren and needs to settle matters related to his property.

The HC had said it saw no grounds to grant him the relief and rejected his application.

After he was found guilty, Sajjan Kumar wrote to Congress chief Rahul Gandhi saying that he is quitting the party.

At least 3,000 people were killed when mobs led by Congress leaders targeted Sikhs after the assassination of then prime minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards on October 31.

(With PTI inputs)