1984 anti-Sikh riots convict Sajjan Kumar resigns from primary membership of Congress with 'immediate effect'

New Delhi: Congress leader Sajjan Kumar wrote to party president Rahul Gandhi submitting his resignation from the primary membership of the party on Tuesday.

FP Staff December 18, 2018 11:50:39 IST
1984 anti-Sikh riots convict Sajjan Kumar resigns from primary membership of Congress with 'immediate effect'

New Delhi: Congress leader Sajjan Kumar wrote to party president Rahul Gandhi submitting his resignation from the primary membership of the party on Tuesday.

On Monday, the Delhi High Court convicted Kumar for his role in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots and sentenced him to imprisonment for life.

1984 antiSikh riots convict Sajjan Kumar resigns from primary membership of Congress with immediate effect

File photo of Sajjan Kumar. PTI

"I tender my resignation with immediate effect from the primary membership of the Indian National Congress in the wake of the judgment of the honourable Delhi High Court against me," he said in the letter to Rahul.

Sajjan's lawyer Anil Sharma had said that he will move the Supreme Court against the verdict. Sharma said, "This was a case of no evidence. We need time to interpret the judgment. We respect Delhi High Court's judgment. The only option left to us is to go to the Supreme Court against the judgment," Sharma told ANI.

The Delhi High Court has asked Kumar to surrender before 31 December and imposed a fine of Rs five lakh on him. Monday's verdict reversed the 2013 trial court judgment that had acquitted Kumar.

While pronouncing the judgment, the judge observed, "In the summer of 1947, during the Partition, several people were massacred. Thirty-seven years later, Delhi was the witness of a similar tragedy. The accused enjoyed political patronage and escaped trial."

With inputs from agencies

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