SC refuses interim bail Sajjan Kumar convicted in 1984 anti-Sikh riots case
New Delhi: Supreme Court refused to grant interim bail to Congress leader and former MP Sajjan Kumar, convicted to life imprisonment in 1984 anti-Sikh riots case, after noting that his medical condition is stable and improving.
The Delhi High Court in 2018 had convicted Sajjan Kumar in a case related to the 1984 anti-Sikh riots and sentenced him to life imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 5 Lakh on him. The verdict had reversed the 2013 trial court judgment which had acquitted Kumar.
He was in Congress for over four decades, however, he had been sidelined by the party over allegations in the 1984 anti-Sikhs riots in Delhi.
The 1984 anti-Sikh riots were a series of organised pogroms against Sikhs in India by anti-Sikh mobs following the assassination of Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards.
The official Indian government reported about 2,800 Sikhs were killed in Delhi. Independent sources estimate the number of deaths at about 8,000 - 17,000.
Sajjan Kumar was elected to the Lok Sabha, the lower house of the Parliament of India from Outer Delhi as a member of the Congress but resigned from the primary membership of the party after he was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment in a case relating to the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.