Congress leader Sajjan Kumar was awarded life time imprisonment by the Delhi High Court today incriminating his involvement in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case. Earlier, the trial court had exonerated him of all charges. The Delhi HC has ordered him to surrender by December 31, 2018.
He is also handed a fine of rupees 5 lakhs and rupees 1 lakh each to the others accused in the case.
The CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) presented a report and deliberated on how the findings were suppressed by the Delhi Police.
Retired naval officer Captain Bhagmal, former Congress councilor Balwan Khokhar, Girdhari Lal have been charged with life imprisonment as well, and two former MLAs Mahendra Yadav and Kishan Khokhar with 3 years imprisonment in the following incident.
After the assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by her two Sikh bodyguards, five members of a Sikh family in Rajnagar area of Delhi Cantonment were murdered in the riots on November 1, 1984.
The trial court had cleared Sajjan Kumar’s name in this case and imprisoned the rest with same punishments as awarded by the Delhi High Court today. The offenders had earlier challenged their sentencing in May 2013.
The CBI submitted their report of “planned communal riot” and “religious cleansing” in the 1984 riot case and challenged Sajjan Kumar’s acquittal to the HC comprising of Justices S Muralidhar and Vinod Goel.
The High Court had finished the hearing on October 29 this year and had issued show cause notices to 11 accused on March 29 last year by an another bench of Justices.
But the bench today voiced why there wasn’t any retrial against such “horrifying crimes against humanity”.