The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to grant interim bail, on the medical grounds, to former Congress leader Sajjan Kumar who is serving life imprisonment in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case. A bench comprising Chief Justice S A Bobde and Justices Indu Malhotra and Hrishikesh Roy stated that he did not need hospitalization at the moment.
While rejecting the interim bail plea, the bench, via video conferencing, said that it would hear the regular bail application in July. The Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the CBI, and senior advocate Dushyant Dave, appearing for riots victims, opposed the bail plea of Sajjan Kumar.
Meanwhile, the senior advocate Vikas Singh, representing Sajjan Kumar, said that his client should be granted bail as if something happens to him in jail then his life imprisonment would become a death penalty for him. Sajjan Kumar and Balwan Khokhar are serving life imprisonment in Tihar jail in the case after the Delhi High Court convicted them on December 17, 2018.
Likewise, Balwan Khokhar has also sought parole in the case. Kohkhar’s life sentence was upheld by the Delhi High Court in 2018, while the court had reversed the acquittal of Sajjan Kumar by the trial court in 2013, in a case related of the killing of five Sikhs in the Raj Nagar Part-I area in Palam Colony in southwest Delhi on November 1-2, 1984, and burning a gurdwara in Raj Nagar Part-II.