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SC to hear Sajjan’s bail plea in August

SC to hear Sajjan’s bail plea in August

New Delhi, April 15

The Supreme Court on Monday said it would hear in the first week of August the bail application of former Congress leader Sajjan Kumar, who was given life term by the Delhi High Court in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case.

The CBI told a bench of Justices SA Bobde and SA Nazeer that the offence for which Sajjan was convicted was of “gruesome nature” as it was “genocide”.

Sajjan, 73, who is lodged in jail, had resigned from the Congress after he was convicted by the High Court.

The case in which he was convicted and sentenced relates to the killing of five Sikhs in Delhi Cantonment’s Raj Nagar Part-I area of southwest Delhi on November 1-2 in 1984 and the burning down of a gurdwara in Raj Nagar Part-II.

Sajjan has also challenged in the apex court the Delhi High Court’s verdict of December 17 that awarded him life imprisonment for the “remainder of his natural life”.

During the hearing on Monday, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the CBI, told the apex court that Sajjan is facing trial in another riots case at the Patiala House district court here.

Mehta said the recording of evidence was going on in the case and out of 35 prosecution witnesses, seven had been examined to date.

The counsel representing Sajjan said the former Congress leader was granted anticipatory bail by the High Court in the case in which trial was going on and it was affirmed by the apex court also.

“This will have to be heard fully,” the bench said.

When Sajjan’s counsel said the hearing on the bail plea would not take much time, Mehta said, “See the gruesome nature of offence. It was a genocide.” — PTI

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