Days after the Delhi High Court awarded life imprisonment to Sajjan Kumar for his involvement in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, key witness in the case Jagdish Kaur has moved the Supreme Court on Thursday in a caveat against the Congress leader. Kaur has stated that no order should be passed without hearing her and other witnesses first if Sajjan Kumar approaches the Supreme Court.
Furthermore, Sajjan Kumar, who has been ordered to surrender before December 31 this year, has moved the Delhi High Court seeking an extension of time for his surrender before the police. He has sought a month's extension till January 31, 2019 to surrender.
The High Court is likely to take up his application in a hearing on Friday. In the meantime, Sajjan Kumar has handed over his phone to the investigating officer of the 1984 case as per the Delhi HC directions during his conviction.
Earlier this week, the Delhi High Court reversed a trial court’s decision and sentenced the former Congress MP with life term and Rs 5 lakh fine in connection with the murder of five members of a family during the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.
Stating that the crime which took place 34 years ago was an act against humanity, the judge pronounced that it was a failure of police and their failure to record FIR and daily diary registrar. All the accused in the case have been found guilty.
On Wednesday during the Republic Summit 2018, BJP president Amit Shah answered questions on reopening cases against guilty in1984 anti-Sikh riots. He said:
"SIT is looking into every matter. I believe that the SIT will prove to be the right organization in providing justice in the case. We have made all the necessary arrangement in the case, recorded statements of the victims and there is a continuous probe. Furthermore, why only Tytler and Kamal Nath, cases should be opened against all the culprits. Every victim should go to SIT and place their contentions. "