CBI describes Sajjan Kumar as kingpin of 1984 Sikh genocide; Opposes his bail plea in Supreme Court
NEW DELHI, India—While describing Sajjan Kumar as a kingpin of the 1984 Sikh genocide, the Central Bureau of Investigation strongly opposed the bail plea of Sajjan Kumar in the Supreme Court on April 8. The CBI’s counsel Tushar Mehta told the Court that a decision to grant bail to Sajjan Kumar would be a travesty of justice as he is also facing trial in another 1984 Sikh genocide case at the Patiala House district court.
Mehta further told the Supreme Court bench of Justices SA Bobde and SA Nazeer that the CBI was currently recording prosecution evidence and that a direction from the Supreme Court to the trial court could expedite the case. Deferring the next hearing of the case onto April 15, the SC bench asked the agency to apprise it of the status in the ongoing trial.
It may be recalled here that Sajjan Kumar was imprisoned for life by the Delhi High Court on December 17 in a case pertaining to brutal killing of five members of a Sikh family in the Raj Nagar of Delhi’s cantonment area on November 1, 1984. He had challenged the Delhi High Court’s verdict of convicting him till death on December 23 last year. The prosecution lawyer Advocate HS Phoolka was informed about the Sajjan Kumar’s petition by the Supreme Court via registered post.
Later, Sajjan Kumar had to surrender before a Delhi trial court on December 31 last year to serve life sentence awarded to him by the Delhi High Court as his plea couldn’t be taken up for hearing by the Supreme Court of India.