1984 riots accused Sajjan Kumar’s Medical Bail Plea Rejected by SC

He is accused of heinous crimes; you want him treated like a VIP patient? - Supreme Court

Sajjan Kumar

The Bench of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and MM Sundresh also rejected the plea by Sajjan Kumar to get him transferred to Medanta hospital for better treatment at his own expense.

The Supreme Court on Friday rejected the plea filed by 1984 anti-Sikh riots convict Sajjan Kumar seeking bail on medical grounds (Sajjan Kumar v. State through CBI).

The Bench of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and MM Sundresh also rejected the plea by Kumar to get him transferred to Medanta hospital for better treatment at his own expense.

“He is accused of heinous crimes. You want him to be treated like some super VIP patient,” Justice Kaul asked Kumar’s counsel Ranjit Kumar.

Ranjit Kumar submitted that the health of Sajjan Kumar is health deteriorating and he has lost a lot of weight.

He also placed reliance on a report by a doctor.

“He has abdominal complexities. He has lost lot of weight. Please transfer him to Medanta at his own expense,” Kumar said.

However, the Court preferred to rely on the report submitted by the Medical Board and noted that his health is improving.

It, therefore, refused to pass any order grating relief.

“We are not passing any orders. If medical authorities consider it necessary for further treatment or examination at Medanta, they may do so,” the Court clarified while rejecting the plea.

The bail plea by Kumar on merits will be heard on a later date.

Sajjan Kumar at 75 is one of the Congress party’s veterans, and was once the general secretary of its Delhi unit. He was one of the accused in the 1984 anti-sikh riots. At the time, Kumar was a corporator who owned a bakery.

In 2009, the Congress said he and Jagdish Tytler had withdrawn themselves from contention following protests over their alleged involvement in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

On December 17 2020, the Congressman’s acquittal in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case was reversed by the Delhi High Court, and he was sentenced to life in prison for criminal conspiracy to commit murder. Besides criminal conspiracy to commit murder, Kumar has been convicted of abetment, making speeches instigating violence against Sikhs, and disrupting communal harmony.

Over 3,000 Sikhs were killed across India — most of them in Delhi — after Indira Gandhi was killed by her Sikh bodyguards.

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