1984 riots case: Sajjan Kumar expected to surrender today

Updated:1 month, 2 weeks ago IST

New Delhi, Dec 31 (ANI): The 73-year-old Congress leader, Sajjan Kumar, who was awarded life sentence by the Delhi High Court in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case, is expected to surrender before Karkardooma Court or Tihar jail authorities on Monday. Overturning the acquittal granted to Kumar by a trial court in 2013, the Delhi High Court on December 17 convicted Kumar and sentenced him to life imprisonment along with a fine of Rs 5 lakh. In view of this, HS Phoolka, one of the petitioners in 1984 anti-Sikh riot case, has appealed to the victims of the riot to not go to the court on Monday. In a statement, Phoolka said, "It is apprehended that Sajjan Kumar might try to create disturbances around the court tomorrow, to use as an excuse not to surrender and ask for an extension. I request 1984 Sikh genocide victims not to go to the court tomorrow. He has not got any relief from the Supreme Court. So, he has to surrender". In an interview, Phoolka said, "He simply has to go to the court tomorrow and surrender. If he does not do that, then on January 01 the police will have to take him in custody and send him to Tihar jail. This is a very big victory for the entire nation, as a mass murderer is going to be punished after years". Notably, the case against Kumar pertains to the murder of five members of a Sikh family in Delhi Cantonment area during the 1984 anti-Sikh riots aftermath of the assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984.

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