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SC rejects interim bail plea of convicted Cong leader Sajjan Kumar

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected the interim bail plea of former Congress leader Sajjan Kumar on medical grounds. Kumar is serving a life imprisonment in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case.

A bench of Chief Justice SA Bobde and Justices Indu Malhotra and Hrishikesh Roy after going through Kumar’s medical reports said that he did not need hospitalization at the moment.

The bench was hearing the plea via video conferencing.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta representing the CBI and senior advocate Dushyant Dave who was the counsel for some of the riot victims had opposed the bail plea.

Kumar’s counsel argued that if something happened to him it would be akin to death penalty when instead he has been given a life imprisonment.

Kumar along with Balwan Khokhar were sentenced to life imprisonment by a Delhi High Court on December 17, 2018.

The Delhi High Court had reversed the acquittal of Kumar by the trial court in 2013. The case pertained to the killings of five Sikhs in the Rajnagar area in Palam Colony in southwest Delhi on November 1-2, 1984.

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