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The Supreme Court on Monday issued a notice to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) over former Congress leader Sajjan Kumar's appeal challenging the Delhi High Court verdict sentenced him to life imprisonment following his conviction in a 1984 anti-Sikh riot cases.
The bench comprising of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Ashok Bhushan and Sanjay Krishan Kaul sought a response from the Central Bureau of Investigation on Kumar's plea seeking suspension of the sentence while challenging his conviction.
The 73-year-old former Congress leader, surrendered before a trial court here on December 31, 2018 to serve his sentence in accordance with the Delhi high court's December 17 judgement, which convicted and sent him to prison for the "remainder of his natural life".
The case in which Kumar was convicted and sentenced relates to the killing of five Sikhs in Delhi Cantonment's Raj Nagar Part-I area of southwest Delhi on November 1-2, 1984 and the burning down of a gurudwara. The riots broke out after the assassination of then prime minister Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984, by her two Sikh bodyguards. Kumar resigned from the Congress after his conviction in the case.
The High Court found Kumar guilty of criminal conspiracy and abetment in the commission of crimes of murder, promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of communal harmony and defiling and destruction of a gurudwara.
In its judgment, the high court noted that over 2,700 Sikhs were killed in the national capital during the 1984 riots, which it described as a "carnage of unbelievable proportions".