New Delhi: Soon after Sajjan Kumar surrendered before a court here to serve the life sentence awarded to him by the Delhi High Court in connection with a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case, Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal said that one Congress ‘magarmach’ (crocodile) is down.

“One Congress ‘magarmach’ down with Sajjan Kumar being forced to surrender to undergo life imprisonment. Two more , Jagdish Tytler and Kamal Nath are left before case reaches the Gandhi family and their role in killing of Sikhs is exposed. Then only will there be final closure to 1984 genocide,” Harsimrat Kaur Badal told ANI.

She added,”Now with Sajjan Kumar in jail for life, Rahul Gandhi should tell why his family sheltered him for 34 years. Few months back Rahul claimed no Congressmen were involved in 1984 genocide. What Sajjan, Tytler and Kamal Nath hold over Gandhi family? Why are they protected and rewarded with plum posts?”

Earlier in the day, former Congress leader Sajjan Kumar surrendered before Metropolitan Magistrate Aditi Garg who directed that Kumar be lodged in Mandoli jail in northeast Delhi. The court rejected Kumar’s petition to be lodged in the high-security Tihar jail, but allowed his plea for security and directed the police to take him to the prison in a separate vehicle.

A lawyer present in the courtroom said the court considered Kumar’s plea for security since there was a threat as he was also facing prosecution in another anti-Sikh riots case. While declining his plea to be sent to Tihar jail, the court said he was being sent to Mandoli jail in accordance with the rule.

The HC had set a deadline of December 31 for Kumar to surrender and on December 21 declined his plea to extend the time by a month. The 73-year former Congress leader has filed a petition in the Supreme Court challenging the conviction and life sentence awarded by the HC.

The high court on December 17 convicted and sentenced Kumar to life imprisonment for the “remainder of his natural life”. After his conviction, Kumar resigned from the Congress party.

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

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

(With inputs from agencies)