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1984 anti-Sikh Riots: Sajjan Kumar surrenders before Karkardooma Court

New Delhi | Former Congress leader and accused in 1984 anti-Sikh riots case Sajjan Kumar today surrendered before the Karkardooma Court after being awarded life sentence by the Delhi High Court.

The 73-year-old former Congress leader was sentenced to life for the “remainder of his natural life” by the Delhi High Court on December 17 in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case. The case relates to the killing of five Sikhs in Raj Nagar part-I area in Palam Colony in South West Delhi on November 1-2, 1984 and burning down of a Gurudwara in Raj Nagar part II. Riots had broken out after the assassination of then prime minister Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984, by her two Sikh bodyguards.

The High court had on December 21 rejected Kumar’s plea seeking extension till January 30 to surrender. The former Congress leader had sought more time to surrender, saying he had to settle the family affairs related to his children and property and also needs time to file an appeal in the Supreme Court against the high court verdict.

The former Congress leader had on December 22 approached the Supreme Court challenging the high court’s judgment. The high court had set aside the trial court’s 2010 verdict which had acquitted Kumar in the case. The six accused, including Kumar who was a Member of Parliament at that time, were sent to be tried in 2010.

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