SC notice to CBI on Sajjan Kumar’s plea against conviction

New Delhi, January 14: The Supreme Court has issued a notice to the CBI on former Congress leader Sajjan Kumar’s petition challenging the Delhi High Court’s verdict sentencing him to life imprisonment in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case.

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A Bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said on Monday that it would consider after six weeks Kumar’s plea for suspension of sentence and grant of bail pending final adjudication of his appeal against the conviction order.

Kumar (73) had moved the Supreme Court on December 22 against the Delhi High Court’s verdict convicting him and awarding life imprisonment in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case. He had surrendered on December 31 after the Delhi High Court rejected his plea for extension of time till January 30 to surrender for serving the sentence.

Bringing to justice the first-ever senior Congress functionary for his role in the 1984 Sikh carnage, the Delhi High Court had on December 17 convicted former MP Sajjan Kumar of criminal conspiracy to murder five people of the minority community and sentenced him to imprisonment for the rest of his natural life.

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