1984 anti-Sikh riots case: Sajjan Kumar gets anticipatory bail

21 December 2016, 07:12 PM
Congress leader Sajjan Kumar (Pic: PTI)
Congress leader Sajjan Kumar (Pic: PTI)

Congress leader Sajjan Kumar was on Wednesday granted anticipatory bail in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case by a Delhi court which directed him to cooperate in the probe and not influence witnesses.

Additional Session Judge Vikas Dhull, while granting relief to the former MP on a personal bond of Rs one lakh and a surety of the like amount, also ordered that he will not leave the country without the court's permission.

The court had reserved its order on Tuesday after hearing the arguments of counsel for both the parties in two cases filed against Kumar falling in the jurisdiction of Janakpuri and Vikaspuri police stations in West Delhi.

The complaint in Janakpuri pertains to the killing of two Sikhs, Sohan Singh and his son-in-law Avtar Singh, on November 1, 1984 and in the other where a Sikh Gurcharan Singh was burnt on November 2, 1984 in the jurisdiction of Vikaspuri Police Station.

As per the complaint, Gurcharan, who was half burnt, remained bed-ridden for 29 years. He died three years ago.

Seeking anticipatory bail for Kumar, his counsel had argued that his name had appeared in this case after 32 years and the case was politically motivated.

Opposing the plea, senior advocate H S Phoolka, appearing for the complainants, had argued that the allegations against Kumar were very serious and he was a very influential person.

The prosecutor, appearing for SIT, had also said that Kumar was not cooperating in the investigation and his custodial interrogation was required.

The court was told that Kumar was summoned twice by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) but he had appeared only once.

First Published: Wednesday, December 21, 2016 07:08 PM
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