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1984 Sikh Riots Case: SC Refuses To Grant Bail To Congressman Sajjan Kumar Sentenced To Life Imprisonment

Lawstreet Journal 15 Feb 2020 12:32pm

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On 14 February, 2020, the Supreme Court refused to grant interim bail to former Congressman Sajjan Kumar, sentenced to life imprisonment in the 1984 anti-Sikh riot trial. The top Court said it will hear his bail plea in summer vacations. 

The bench, led by Chief Justice Sharat Arvind Bobde, and Justice B R Gavai and Justice Surya Kant also claimed that it would consider the medical report of the AIIMS on the health status of Kumar after the conclusion of the Sabarimala reference hearing. 

Kumar was sentenced to life imprisonment by the High Court of Delhi on 17 December 2018.

"There are cases. But this case is different and you (Kumar) have been convicted by the High Court... You (senior lawyer Vikas Singh) argue at length during summer vacations," said the bench which also comprised Justices B R Gavai and Surya Kant.

"The defendant was 67 kg and has lost 13 kg in almost 13 months ... who will be liable if something happens to him," the lawyer said, adding that the application for bail should be considered as urgent.

Another senior advocate, Dushyant Dave, who claimed to be a survivor of violence, referred to the fate of two individuals convicted of hate crimes in the United States after 9/11 and stated that they had received the death penalty for the crime of murder within six months and that their application for the commutation of the death penalty had been refused.

"This is where 4,000 people were killed (during the anti-Sikh riots) and 2,000 people were killed during… Continue Reading...

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