[1984 Anti-Sikh Riots] “No Infirmity in trial court bail order”: Former Congress Leader Sajjan Kumar submits before Delhi HC

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Court was hearing a plea by Special Investigation Team (SIT) challenging the trial court order granting the former Congress leader bail in a 1984 Riots case.

Former Congress leader Sajjan Kumar on Tuesday told the Delhi High Court that there was “no infirmity” in the trial court order granting him bail and there was “no ground” given by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) for cancellation of bail in the case related to the 1984 Anti-Sikh riots.

A bench of Justice Dinesh Kumar Sharma was hearing a plea by SIT challenging the trial court order granting former congress leader bail in the rioting and murder case lodged at Saraswati Police Station. The case concerns the murder of one Jaswant Singh and his son Tarun Deep Singh, both residents of West Delhi.

During the hearing, Advocate Anil Kumar appearing for Sajjan Kumar submitted that the SIT had given no ground or reason for cancellation of bail. He further argued that there was “no infirmity in the trial courts bail order”.

On the contrary, Central Government Standing Counsel (CGSC) Ajay Digpaul submitted that the trial court granted bail to Sajjan Kumar overlooking the order passed by the Supreme Court in September 2021. He submitted that the accused was allegedly involved in a heinous crime and some important witnesses were yet to be examined. Digpaul added that if he is released on bail and he may hamper the evidence and that he has already been convicted in a similar case.

Taking note of the submissions, the single-judge bench ordered "interim orders to continue" and listed the matter for further hearing on July 18. 

The former Congress leader is currently serving life imprisonment in another matter related to the Anti-Sikh Riots of 1984.

SIT in the present case, investigating the Anti-Sikh riots case of 1984, challenged the bail order passed by Special Judge MK Nagpal of Rouse Avenue Court, Delhi on April 27, 2022. The Special Judge had granted bail to Sajjan Kumar on furnishing a bail bond of Rs. 1 Lakh and one surety of like amount.

Notably, a single-judge bench of Justice Yogesh Khanna in July 2022, stayed the trial court's order which granted bail to former Congress leader Sajjan Kumar in the rioting and murder case linked to the 1984 Anti-Sikh Riots. 

Case Title: State, through SIT 1984 Riots v. Sajjan Kumar