SC calls on CBI to verify health of former Congress leader Sajjan Kumar jailed in 1984 riots case
New Delhi, August 24 (PTI) The Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the CBI to check the health of former Congress leader Sajjan Kumar, who is serving a life sentence in a riot case anti-Sikhs in 1984 and asks for temporary bail for health reasons.
A bench of Judges Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Hrishikesh Roy sent a notice to the CBI about Kumar’s plea and asked him to file an affidavit within a week of checking his health.
Senior lawyer Vikas Singh, representing the ex-MP, said Kumar should be taken to a private hospital for treatment as his condition had not been determined at a government hospital here.
“We want someone from the state to check it. We want the state to check what the state of health is, ”observed the bench.
Singh said Kumar had previously been treated by a doctor at a private hospital and could be treated there.
Lead attorney Dushyant Dave, representing the plaintiff in this case, said Kumar got early bail from the High Court in 2010 and was only sent to jail after being convicted by the High Court .
“It’s shocking,” he told the judiciary, adding that people had been massacred during the riots.
“I have serious reservations about private hospitals and these powerful defendants,” Dave said, adding that the Supreme Court in September last year rejected Kumar’s plea seeking interim bail on health grounds.
When Singh said Kumar was in “very precarious condition,” Dave said in March last year that he had been reviewed by an AIIMS board of directors.
They all find themselves in a precarious state after slaughtering people, Dave said.
“It is a precarious condition in itself that he is in prison. It is in itself a precarious condition”, observed the magistracy.
As Singh said irresponsible statements should not be made, Dave argued that “this is not irresponsible, this is serious business”.
Singh said he hadn’t discussed anything on the merits.
“Give an opinion. State counsel accepts the opinion. The applicant’s state of health must be checked and an affidavit filed within a week, ”the judiciary said and released the case for hearing on September 6.
Kumar is serving a life sentence after the Delhi High Court convicted him and others in the case on December 17, 2018.
The high court overturned Kumar’s acquittal by the trial court in 2013 in the case related to the murder of five Sikhs in the Raj Nagar Part-I area in the Palam settlement southwest of Delhi on the 1st and November 2, 1984, and the burning of a gurdwara in Raj Nagar Part-II.
The riots broke out after the assassination of Indira Gandhi, then Prime Minister, on October 31, 1984 by his two Sikh bodyguards.
In its verdict, the High Court found Kumar guilty and sentenced to jail for “the rest of his natural life” in the case, claiming that the riots were a “crime against humanity” perpetrated by those who benefited from “political patronage” and helped by an “indifferent” police. PTI ABA SA
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