1984 Sikh Riots Convict, Sajjan Kumar Asks For 30 Days To Surrender

1984 Sikh Riots Convict, Sajjan Kumar Asks For 30 Days To Surrender

1984 Sikh Riots Convict, Sajjan Kumar Asks For 30 Days To Surrender 

New Delhi: Sajjan Kumar, the former Congress leader, who got convicted in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, has moved an application before the Delhi High Court seeking 30 days to surrender, as repoted by news agency ANI. It has been anticipated that the court is likely to hear the application tomorrow.

On Monday, the former Congress leader Kumar was found guilty in the case and sentenced to jail "for the remainder of his natural life" by the court. The court had cancelled an earlier order acquitting him of charges in what the judges called "genocide".

The 73-year-old former Congress leader 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. Sajjan Kumar had been told to surrender by December 31.

"It is important to assure the victims that despite the challenges truth will prevail," the High Court said, giving a shout-out to victims like Jagdish Kaur and Nirpreet Kaur, who fought for justice for 34 years and suffered intimidation and harassment. "The aftershock of those atrocities is still being felt," said the court.

The riots claimed the life of 3,000 people after the mobs led by Congress leaders targeted Sikhs after Indira Gandhi, the the prime minister were assassinated by her Sikh bodyguards on October 31.