New Delhi, July 5: The Supreme Court sought a response from Congress leader Sajjan Kumar on Thursday regarding a plea filed by a Special Investigation Team (SIT), challenging his anticipatory bail, granted by the Delhi High court, in two anti-Sikh riot cases of 1984. Also Read - Rhea Chakraborty vs Sushant Singh Rajput's Father in Supreme Court: 5 Things That Happened in Court on August 5, 2020
“It is high-time these cases are adjudicated and completed,” said Justice A.K. Sikri of the bench. Further, the bench urged Kumar to “fully cooperate” with the investigation and file his response within a couple of weeks. Also Read - CBI it is! Sushant Singh Rajput's Sister Shweta Singh Kirti Rejoices as Centre Accepts CBI Probe in The Case
The SIT probing the riots has approached the apex court challenging the Delhi High Court’s February 22 order which declined the investigating agency’s plea seeking the cancellation of the anticipatory bail. Also Read - Supreme Court Questions Mumbai Police For 'Forcibly Quarantining' Bihar Cop Probing Sushant Singh Rajput Case, Says ‘Truth Should Unravel’
In December 2016, a trial court granted Kumar anticipatory bail in two cases related to the killing of three Sikhs during the riots which occurred after Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s assassination.
After the Delhi High Court upheld the trial court’s order, the SIT then approached the Supreme Court.
During the hearing on Thursday, Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Maninder Singh told the bench that new witnesses have surfaced in the case.
The SIT set up by the Centre in 2015 to investigate riot cases, has charged Kumar with murder, attempt to murder and rioting on the basis of complaints by Harvinder Singh, one of the victims.
It contended that the trial court’s order was perverse while overwhelming circumstances were ignored.
(With IANS inputs)