Sajjan Kumar gets life sentence in 1984 anti-Sikh riots case
Sajjan Kumar gets life sentence in 1984 anti-Sikh riots case
jkupdate.com | 17-Dec-2018 02:46 PM
The Delhi High Court has ordered Congress leader Sajjan Kumar to surrender by December 31, 2018. (File photo)
NEW DELHI:The Delhi High Court Monday sentenced Congress leader Sajjan Kumar to life imprisonment in a case pertaining to the killing of five member of a Sikh family during the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.
A bench of Justice S Muralidhar and Justice Vinod Goel also made clear that Kumar’s life imprisonment will be for remainder of his life.
It directed Kumar not to leave the national capital and surrender before the court concerned on or before December 31. The court also imposed a cost of Rs one lakh on Kumar.
It held Kumar guilty of criminal conspiracy, promoting enmity, and acts against communal harmony.
Besides Kumar, the bench upheld the trial court order awarding life term to former congress councillor Balwan Khokhar, retired naval officer Captain Bhagalpur and Girdhari Lal. The bench also upheld the conviction of two others in the case.
In its 207-page judgment, the court said:
*This was an extraordinary case where it was going to be impossible to proceed against A-1 (Kumar) in the normal scheme of things because there
appeared to be ongoing large-scale efforts to suppress the cases against him by not even recording or registering them. Even if they were registered they were not investigated properly and even the investigations which saw any progress were not carried to the logical end of a charge sheet actually being filed.
* The mass killings of Sikhs between 1st and 4th November 1984 in Delhi and the rest of the country, engineered by political actors with the assistance of the law enforcement agencies, answer the description of crimes against humanity.
* Cases like the present are to be viewed in the larger context of mass crimes that require a different approach and much can be learnt from similar experiences elsewhere.
* Common to the instances of mass crimes are the targeting of minorities and the attacks spearheaded by the dominant political actors facilitated by the law enforcement agencies.
* The criminals responsible for the mass crimes have enjoyed political patronage and managed to evade prosecution and punishment. Bringing such criminals to justice poses a serious challenge to our legal system. Decades pass by before they can be made answerable. This calls for strengthening the legal system. Neither crimes against humanity nor genocide is part of our domestic law of crime.
Kumar was acquitted by a special CBI court on April 30, 2013, while it had held five other accused guilty of the crime.
The trial court had handed three years of jail term to former MLA Mahender Yadav and Kishan Khokhar.
The CBI and victims of the riots had filed appeals against the acquittal of Kumar in the Delhi High Court. The five convicted had also filed appeals against their conviction. All appeals were heard together and the judgment was reserved on October 27.
The incident is related to the murder of five members of a Sikh family in Raj Nagar on November 1, 1984, following the assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.
Among the five Sikhs who were killed by the mob were the husband and son of Jagdish Kaur, the complainant, and three brothers of Jagsher Singh. Another prime witness in the case is Nirpreet Kaur.
RS Cheema, Special Public Prosecutor for CBI had informed the High Court during the hearing that 17 affidavits were filed against Kumar before the Mishra Commission, but no case was registered against him.
H S Phoolka, Senior Counsel appearing for the victims argued before the High Court that the accused – Kumar – has always been in a position of influence since 1984 and all attempts to prosecute the accused have been blatantly thwarted. “He has enjoyed impunity and has always been beyond the reach of law”.
Tags: Delhi High Court sentenced Congress leader Sajjan Kumar life imprisonment 1984 anti-Sikh riots JKupdate India News JKupdate National News
1 of 40
Modi's Victory is the victory of people : Priya Sethi
2 of 40
Governor dedicates second phase of Jehangir Chowk-Rambagh flyover to c..
3 of 40
Army soldier martyred, seven others injured in IED blast along LoC in ..
4 of 40
Kulgam encounter: Two militants killed, Search on
5 of 40
LAWDA demolishes several illegal constructions around Dal and Tsuntiku..
6 of 40
Gunfight rages in south Kashmir’s Shopian
7 of 40
Joint Director NIFT meets Governor
8 of 40
Delegation of Hospital Development Fund Employees Association, JK meet..
9 of 40
Advisor K Vijay Kumar visits Kupwara, Reviews developmental scenario
10 of 40
District police Samba claimed worked out sensational kidnapping of Ani..
11 of 40
Jammu Sanskriti School, Jammu Organises Investiture Ceremony
12 of 40
JSS Kathua students selected for District Championship
13 of 40
KAS Officer found hanging in Sainik Colony Jammu
14 of 40
Director SKIMS meets Governor
15 of 40
VC, SKUAST-K meets Governor
16 of 40
Transporters’ strike against imposition of toll tax affects life in so..
17 of 40
Two apprehended along with weapon in Gool,Ramban
18 of 40
Police solves theft case within hours, Accused arrested,stolen propert..
19 of 40
Enquiry of Sumbal incident on fast track basis: Div Com
20 of 40
Governor expresses shock and pain over the incident of rape of a 3 yea..
21 of 40
Two suspected militants held, AK-47, cash seized in Ramban district
22 of 40
Army arrests youth in Jammu after he fails to prove identity
23 of 40
Interstate drug peddler arrested,100 gms heroine seized
24 of 40
Militants killed in Shopian gunfight involved in several attacks: Poli..
25 of 40
55 bovine animals rescued at Udhampur, 02 smugglers arrested
26 of 40
Shopian encounter: SPO turned militant among two LeT militants killed,..
27 of 40
Police Public School Jammu excels in JK BOSE 12th class, gets 21 disti..
28 of 40
Daylong workshop on preparedness of School Disaster Management Plan he..
29 of 40
DDC Ganderbal reviews progress on PMGSY projects
30 of 40
Imran Ansari Files Rs 100 Crores DEFAMATION SUIT Against 15 Media Agen..
31 of 40
Body Found, Police Investigating Whether It Is that of A Militant
32 of 40
Woman murdered under mysterious circumstances in Jammu
33 of 40
Bribes to press: Leh poll officer for FIR against BJP
34 of 40
Udhampur Police recovered Kidnapped Girl within 24hrs
35 of 40
Absconder arrested by Bandipora Police after 23 years
36 of 40
Construction of Emergency Operation Centres; Div Com Jammu reviews pro..
37 of 40
Drug Peddler arrested at Kunjwani, poppy straw recovered
38 of 40
Two students of samba super 40 clear afcat written exam
39 of 40
Ladakh graft case only a tip of ice-berg: Harsh
40 of 40
In-house committee clears CJI Ranjan Gogoi