SC rejects interim bail plea of 1984 anti-Sikh riots convict, Sajjan Kumar

The Supreme Court of India on 4th September rejected the interim bail plea of 1985 anti-Sikh riots convict, Sajjan Kumar, The bench was headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde, Justice A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian.

“Sorry. We are not inclined. Dismissed,” exclaimed Chief Justice S A Bobde.

Sajjan Kumar is serving life imprisonment after the Delhi High Court had convicted him and others in the case on December 17, 2018. Kumar has filed an interim bail plea on a medical basis.

Senior advocate, Vikas Singh, appearing for Kumar, argued that interim bail should be granted to Kumar on health grounds as he has been in jail for 20 months, has lost nearly 16 kg weight, and needs to recover from past ailments. He assured that Kumar will follow all the instructions imposed by him by the Court. On the other side, Senior advocate H S Phoolka strongly opposed the plea. He was appearing on behalf of some of the victims of the riots.

The riots broke out in 1985 after the assassination of then prime minister Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984, by her two Sikh bodyguards.

Author: Ms. Muskan Dosar, The ICFAI University, Dehradun