Sajjan Kumar has moved the Supreme Court on Saturday against 1984 conviction after the Delhi High Court dismissed his plea seeking time till January 30 to surrender after being recently sentenced to life imprisonment in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case.
The HC same bench had on December 17 convicted and sentenced 73-year-old Kumar to imprisonment for the remainder of his life in the case and had asked him to surrender by December 31.
Sajjan Kumar had on December 20 sought more time, till January 30, to surrender saying he has to settle family affairs related to children and property and also needs time to file appeal in the Supreme Court against the high court verdict.
The case relates to killing of five Sikhs in Raj Nagar part-I area in Palam Colony in South West Delhi on November 1-2, 1984, and burning down of a Gurudwara in Raj Nagar part II during that period.
In the aftermath of Delhi High Court's judgment convicting Sajjan Kumar in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case and handing him a life term for his role, Delhi CM and AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal welcomed the verdict, stating everyone who was involved in the heinous act should be punished.
Taking to Twitter to express his delight with the order by the judiciary, Kejriwal wrote, "I welcome Delhi High Court verdict convicting Sajjan Kumar in 1984 riots case. It has been a very long n painful wait for innocent victims who were murdered by those in power. Nobody involved in any riot should be allowed to escape no matter how powerful the individual maybe."