New Delhi: A Delhi court on Monday sent to prison the senior Congress leader Sajjan Kumar who was punished with life imprisonment in 1984 anti-Sikh riots case following the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.
The court also sent to prison two other convicted former MLAs Kishan Khokhar and Mahender Yadav.
Delhi High Court on December, 20 had dismissed the plea of Mr Sajjan Kumar for granting 30 days time to surrendering before the Court in 1984 anti-Sikh riots case following the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indra Gandhi in which he was punished with life imprisonment by the court.
In this matter, trial court also found guilty the former Congress councillor Balwan Khokhar, retired Naval officer Captain Bhagmal, Girdhari Lal and two others in the case relating to the murder of five members of a family in Raj Nagar area of Delhi Cantonment on November 1, 1984 after the assassination of the then Prime Minister of Indira Gandhi.
The trial court had acquitted Sajjan Kumar but awarded the life term to Khokhar, Bhagmal and Lal and a three-year jail term to two former MLAs Mahender Yadav and Kishan Khokhar. The convicted persons had challenged their conviction and sentencing order of the trial court in the month of May 2013.
On November 16, Cham Kaur, a prosecution witness, submitted before the court that she had seen Kumar allegedly addressing the crowd in Delhi’s Sultanpuri area in 1984 that Sikhs had killed her mother. She further named other persons who were shot dead on the same date by the mob. Another prosecution witness Sheela Kaur had also identified Kumar as the one who had instigated the mob in Sultanpuri area.
Delhi High Court division bench Justices S Muralidhar and Vinod Goel, after hearing the final arguments in the appeals, sentenced Kumar with life imprisonment on December, 17 and order to surrender before the court by December 31, 2018.
Delhi High Court after hearing the submission on behalf of Sajjan Kumar on December, 20 dismissed the plea of Kumar for granting 30 days time to surrendering before the court in the case.
Additional Session Judge Aditi Garg on Monday, after hearing the surrender applications on behalf of Mr Kumar and two others, ordered to send them to the prison.