Sajjan Kumar Quits, Writes To Rahul Gandhi, After Court Order: Report

Sajjan Kumar Quits, Writes To Rahul Gandhi, After Court Order: Report

Sajjan Kumar Quits, Writes To Rahul Gandhi, After Court Order: Report 

New Delhi: Yesterday Sajjan Kumar was sentenced to a lifetime in jail for his role in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. Mr Kumar had written to Rahul Gandhi, the Congress President that he is quitting the party. "I tender my resignation with immediate effect from the primary membership of the Indian National Congress in the wake of the judgement of the high court of Delhi against me," Sajjan Kumar said in the letter to Rahul Gandhi, according to the Press Trust of India.

For over four decades, the 73-year-old was a part of Congress. However, he had been sidelined by the party, in the last few years, over allegations that he had led blood-thirsty mobs targeting Sikhs in Delhi after the assassination of Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards on October 31, 1984.

The year 1977, marked Sajjan Kumar's first election victory as a municipal councillor. Mr Kumar had won his first Lok Sabha election from the Outer Delhi constituency and retained it in two subsequent elections. The Congress, in 2009 had refused to field him as a candidate, accused by the BJP of "shielding" its 1984 riots accused leaders.

The Delhi High Court had sentenced Mr Sajjan Kumar to jail "for the remainder of his natural life", cancelling an earlier court order acquitting him.

Sajjan Kumar Quits, Writes To Rahul Gandhi, After Court Order: Report

The accused, Mr Kumar was convicted in the killing of five members of a family in Raj Nagar and the torching of a gurdwara in Delhi on November 1, 1984. He has been asked to surrender by December 31.

"It is important to assure the victims that despite the challenges truth will prevail," the High Court said, praising victims like Jagdish Kaur and Nirpreet Kaur who fought for justice for 34 years.

The riots claimed the life of at least 3,000 people. A former MP from Delhi, Sajjan Kumar is the first big leader of the party to be convicted.