Sajjan Kumar ‘key conspirator’ of 1984 anti-Sikh pogrom: CBI

The CBI told the Supreme Court if Sajjan Kumar was granted bail, it would be a 'joke of justice' as cases on the pogrom are still being heard in different courts of the country

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New Delhi: Hearing a case of 1984 anti-Sikh pogrom, the Supreme Court asked the CBI to explain the status of the ongoing case against Congress politician Sajjan Kumar.

The CBI, while opposing the bail petition of Sajjan Kumar in the Supreme Court, said that he was “the key conspirator” of the 1984 massacre of Sikhs in Delhi.

The CBI told the Supreme Court that if Sajjan Kumar was granted bail, it would be a “joke of justice” as similar cases of the 1984 pogrom are still being heard.

The Supreme Court said that it would hear on 15 April the bail application of Sajjan Kumar, sentenced to life imprisonment by the Delhi High Court in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

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The CBI was presenting its case before the bench of Justice SA Bobde and Justice SA Nazir.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing on behalf of the investigating agency, told the bench the genocide of Sikhs was a gross crime. “He (Kumar) was the leader and its main conspirator,” Mehta said.

Mehta said to the bench further that Sajjan Kumar was facing trial in another case of 1984 anti-Sikh pogrom in Patiala House District Court here.

In another case, Kumar was convicted and sentenced to death. It is related to the incident of the massacre of five Sikhs in Rajnagar Part-1 area of south-west Delhi on 1 November 1984 and setting a gurdwara on fire a in Raj Nagar Part-2.

The then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her Sikh bodyguards on 31 October 1984, after which a concerted anti-Sikh riot broke out where Sikh households and properties were identified, men belonging to the religion were killed, and their properties looted or set on fire.

Independent sources estimate the number of deaths at about 8,000–17,000. Government estimates project that about 2,800 Sikhs were massacred in Delhi. About 20,000 Sikha fled the capital city of the country.

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