1984 anti-Sikh riots case: Sajjan Kumar moves application in Delhi HC, seeks 30 days' time to surrender
Sajjan Kumar, who has been on bail throughout the trial, is seeking extension as he has statutory remedy to file an appeal in the apex court.
New Delhi: Sajjan Kumar, who today appeared at Patiala court in another case of anti-Sikh riot, has moved an application before Delhi High Court seeking 30 days time to surrender.
One of the witnesses in 1984 anti-Sikh riots case, pertaining to the killings in Delhi Cantt, has also filed a caveat in the Supreme Court.
In the caveat, the witness has demanded that if Kumar challenges the life imprisonment awarded by Delhi High Court, then the Supreme Court should also hear the victims before taking a final decision.
Sajjan Kumar has sought extension of 30 more days to surrender. Kumar, who has been on bail throughout the trial, is seeking extension as he has statutory remedy to file an appeal in the apex court.
Commenting on Kumar's application, HS Phoolka, advocate in 1984 anti-Sikh riots told ANI, "Sajjan Kumar has filed an application in Delhi High Court to give him a month to surrender. We will oppose that application tomorrow."
Kumar's plea is likely to be heard on Friday.
Meanwhile, HS Phoolka also advised victims to not file appeal in the top court, but instead seek dismissal of Kumar's appeal.
"I have advised victims not to move Supreme Court because if both sides file appeal, court will hear in detail. We should rather press for dismissal of Sajjan Kumar's appeal at the earliest. Life imprisonment till death is better punishment than death sentence, said Phoolka.
On Monday, the Delhi High Court had sentenced former Congress leader Sajjan Kumar to life imprisonment, reversing the acquittal granted to him by a trial court in 2013. The 73-year-old former MP has been asked to surrender before 31 December.
As per the official records, over 2,700 Sikhs were killed across India after the assassination of Indira Gandhi in 1984 by her Sikh bodyguards, Satwant Singh and Beant Singh.
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