Former Congress leader Sajjan Kumar’s appeal challenging the life term by the Delhi High Court in 1984 anti-Sikh riots case should be dismissed, the Central Bureau of Investigation told the Supreme Court on Friday.
Responding to Sajjan Kumar’s plea seeking bail, the investigative agency said Kumar enjoys a “large political clout” and is capable of “influencing or terrorising” witnesses in the pending case. CBI told the top court that Sajjan Kumar getting bail may jeopardise fair trial in the case.
The agency also said that Kumar’s “political clout clouded fair and speedy investigation and derailed justice for the victims” of the 1984 anti-Sikh pogrom.
A bench comprising Justice S A Nazeer and Justice S A Bobde ordered that the issue be discussed in further hearing to be held on March 25.
Kumar was convicted in the 1984 case and was sentenced to life imrpisonment for the murder of five Sikhs in Delhi Cantonment’s Raj Nagar Part-I of southwest Delhi on November 1 and 2 in 1984 in addition to the burning down of a Gurudwara in the adjoining Raj Nagar Part-II.
Anti-Sikh pogroms had started right after the assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984 by her two Sikh bodyguards in the aftermath of Operation Bluestar.