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"This is not a small case", Supreme Court rejects interim bail plea by 1984 anti-Sikh riots convict Sajjan Kumar

Sajjan Kumar is serving life imprisonment in Tihar jail after the Delhi High Court had convicted him in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case.

Shruti Mahajan

The Supreme Court today rejected the interim bail plea filed by the former Congress leader and convict in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case, Sajjan Kumar.

The Bench of Chief Justice of India SA Bobde and Justices AS Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian dismissed the bail plea that sought interim bail on medical grounds.

"This is not a small case, we are not granting you bail at all", CJI SA Bobde said today.

Senior Advocate Vikas Singh, representing Sajjan Kumar, sought to argue the case on merits on the grounds that there was a change in some depositions from the trial court to the High Court.

The Court, not inclined to hear the case on merits at this stage, said that the appeal against the High Court judgment will be heard when the Court reopens for physical hearing. Singh apprehended that the same may take a long time and argued that Kumar had already served a long time in jail. Thus, he sought conditional bail citing Kumar's health condition.

However, the Court made it very clear that it would not grant bail and pointed out that the hospital reports in fact showed that hospitalisation was not required or necessary.

At this point, Singh claimed that Kumar had lost 20 kgs of weight. When the Court sought Senior Counsel HS Phoolka's opinion on the issue, he said that the medical records showed that Kumar had gained weight, as opposed to what was being claimed.

The Court proceeded to dismiss the bail plea.

The Supreme Court recently refused to pass any orders in an interim bail application filed by former Congress leader Sajjan Kumar, who was sentenced to life imprisonment for his role in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

On April 30, the Supreme Court had sought the Central Bureau of Investigation's (CBI) response in a plea filed by former Congress Councillor Balwan Khokhar seeking grant of either interim bail or parole for eight weeks in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Khokhar and former Congress leader Sajjan Kumar are serving life imprisonment in Tihar jail after the Delhi High Court convicted them in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case on December 17, 2018.

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