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1984 Riots: SC Seeks Response From Sajjan Kumar, Says It's High Time

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| July 5 , 2018 , 14:39 IST

The Supreme Court on Thursday sought a response from Congress leader Sajjan Kumar who is accused in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case. The directive of the apex court came after the Special Investigation Team (SIT) filed a plea challenging the anticipatory bail granted to him by the Delhi High Court.

A bench comprising of Justice AK Sikri and Justice Ashok Bhushan said that it’s a high time and the case should be tried as soon as possible.

The Delhi High Court, earlier in the month of February this year, upheld a trial court order granting anticipatory bail to Congress leader Kumar in two anti-Sikh riots cases of 1984, saying that according to records, he was available throughout the investigation.

Earlier in December 2016, The Congress leader was granted anticipatory bail by the trial court in the two cases of killing of three Sikhs during the riots which had occurred after the assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

As per media reports, the bench said it was an over 30-year-old case and it took around 200 pages for the high court to grant anticipatory bail when it could have been done in just 40-50 pages.

The bench asked Kumar to "fully cooperate" with the investigation and file his response within two weeks.

Additional Solicitor General Maninder Singh, appearing for the SIT, said the investigation started against Kumar only in 2016 and now he has come armed with a battery of lawyers and dictates his statement to the investigating officer of the case. He also 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.

Kumar had submitted earlier that his name was never taken earlier and it was a case of fresh allegations coming up after 32 years.