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  • Writer's pictureNiloy Subir Ghosh

1984 Anti-Sikh riots: SC refuses to grant interim bail on health grounds to Sajjan Kumar

The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed the plea of former Congress leader Sajjan Kumar, who is serving life imprisonment in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case, seeking interim bail on health grounds.

The lawyer for Sajjan Kumar had stated today that his sodium level is low and he has lost 18 kg of weight. Sajjan was taken to Safdarjung hospital earlier too and he was under treatment.

The apex court perused the medical records of Kumar and observed that he has been examined by doctors at a government hospital here and his condition is stated to be stable and improving. The court gave an oral remark that he cannot be treated as a VIP and the court said whatever treatment he needs, the treatment may be provided but the Court refused to grant him medical bail. Sr. Advocate Dushyant Dave, Sr. Adv. HS Phoolka and Advocate Harpreet Singh Hora had appeared for the victims

The 75-year-old Kumar is serving life imprisonment after the Delhi High Court had convicted him and others in the case on December 17, 2018. The high court had reversed the acquittal of Kumar by the trial court in 2013 in the case related to the killings of five Sikhs in Raj Nagar Part-I area in Palam Colony in southwest Delhi in November 1984, and the burning down of a gurdwara in Raj Nagar Part-II.

The riots had broken out after the assassination of then prime minister Indira Gandhi.

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