1984 anti-Sikh riots: Supreme Court issues notice to CBI on Sajjan Kumar's appeal

File photo: Congress leader Sajjan Kumar. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jan 14, 2019, 11.31 AM (IST)

In a court hearing on former Congress leader Sajjan Kumar's plea against his conviction in 1984 anti-Sikh riots case, the Supreme court on Monday issued a notice to the CBI seeking its reply in the matter.

A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Ashok Bhushan and S K Kaul also issued notice on Kumar's bail plea.

The next hearing in the case is scheduled after six weeks.

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Kumar, 73, surrendered before a trial court in Delhi on December 31, 2018, to serve his sentence in accordance with the High Court's December 17 judgement, which sentenced him to prison for the "remainder of his natural life". 

The case in which Kumar was convicted and sentenced relates to the killing of five Sikhs in Delhi Cantonment's Raj Nagar Part-I area of southwest Delhi on November 1-2, 1984 and the burning down of a gurudwara.

The riots broke out after the assassination of then prime minister Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984, by her two Sikh bodyguards. 

(With inputs from agencies)

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Kumar, 73, surrendered before a trial court in Delhi on December 31, 2018, to serve his sentence in accordance with the High Court's December 17 judgement, which sentenced him to prison for the 'remainder of his natural life'.