New Delhi: Former Congress leader Sajjan Kumar will surrender today before Karkardooma Court on Monday, December 31 to undergo the life imprisonment awarded to him in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case. Also Read - 1984 Anti-sikh Riots Case: SC Grants no Relief to Sajjan Kumar, His Bail Application to be Heard in July
Earlier on December 22, the Congress leader filed an appeal in the Apex Court, after the High Court dismissed Kumar’s plea seeking more time to surrender. The court, while awarding him a life sentence, had directed him to surrender by December 31 and also levied a fine of Rs 5 lakh on him. In his plea, he had sought 30 additional days to surrender, on account of settling family affairs with regard to property and inheritance. Also Read - Home Ministry Clears Proposal For Reopening 1984 Anti-Sikh Riot Case, Lands CM Kamal Nath in Trouble
Meanwhile, Senior advocate HS Phoolka (who is representing the riots victims), has appealed to the victims of the riot to not go to the court on Monday. “It is apprehended that Sajjan Kumar might try to create disturbances around the court on Monday, to use as an excuse not to surrender and ask for an extension. I request 1984 Sikh genocide victims not to go to the court. He has not got any relief from the Supreme Court. So, he has to surrender,” Phoolka said in a statement. Also Read - Indore: Sikhs 'Purify' Bhagat Singh's Statue After Priyanka Gandhi Vadra Pays Floral Tribute to Freedom Fighter
Phoolka had said, “He simply has to go to the court tomorrow and surrender. If he does not do that, then on January 1 the police will have to take him in custody and send him to Tihar Jail. This is a very big victory for the entire nation, as a mass murderer is going to be punished after years.”
The Delhi High Court on December 17 found Sajjan Kumar guilty in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots and sentenced to jail “for the remainder of his natural life”. Kumar was convicted in the killing of five members of a family in Raj Nagar and the torching of a gurdwara in Delhi on November 1, 1984. At least 3,000 people were killed in the riots. Sajjan Kumar, a former MP from Delhi, is the first big leader of the party to be convicted.
As per sources, Delhi Police said they had made all arrangements to provide a safe passage to Kumar till Tihar Jail.
The van in which Kumar will be taken to prison will be covered by another van of armed police and he will be lodged in a high-security cell as he is facing death threats and is a former Member of Parliament.