Video: Congress leader Sajjan Kumar guilty in a 1984 anti-Sikh riot case; sentenced to life imprisonment

New Delhi, News24 Bureau, Dec 17: The Delhi High Court on Monday held Congress leader Sajjan Kumar and others guilty in a 1984 anti-Sikh riot case and sentenced him to life imprisonment.The court asked Sajjan Kumar to surrender by December 31.A bench of Justice S. Muralidhar and Justice Vinod Goel overturned a trial court judgement that had acquitted the Congress leader.

Sajjan Kumar and five others were facing trial in the case related to the killing of five people in Delhi Cantonment area following the assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984.The CBI has filed an appeal challenging the acquittal of Kumar and said that the trial court "erred in acquitting Sajjan Kumar as it was he who had instigated the mob during the riots".In 2013, the trial court had convicted five others - former councillor Balwan Khokkar, former legislator Mahender Yadav, Kishan Khokkar, Girdhari Lal and Captain Bhagmal - for their involvement in the case.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.The case against Sajjan Kumar and others was registered in 2005 on a recommendation by the Justice GT Nanavati Commission.