In what comes as a massive development in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case, Delhi High Court on Monday convicted Congress leader Sajjan Kumar for his role in the riots and sentenced him to life imprisonment. Moments after the historic verdict, Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal, while speaking to Republic TV, expressed contentment over the High Court's order saying that the law has finally shown justice in the case which has been pending for 34 years.
"The Law is finally showing Justice. I would like to thank PM Modi for this. One month ago there was the first sentencing after 34 years where once was convicted with death penalty and one was given life imprisonment by the court. Three faces have been a part of the genocide perpetrated by Rajiv Gandhi, Sajjan Kumar and Kamal Nath. Kamal Nath was there and he ordered the killing and the Congress is still promoting them and is backing them up. The court has given Sajjan Kumar life imprisonment, proving his hands in the 1984 massacre."
Harsimrat Kaur Badal went onto hit out at the Congress party, saying that the verdict in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case has come as a shame for the party and big victory for the victims of the genocide.
"It is a shame for the Congress party, it is a shame to those who are swearing-in today despite being involved in these killings and a big victory for the victims of the genocide. I would thank PM Modi and the SIT who probed the matter such that the eyewitnesses are finally able to come up without fear and give their testimonies which have ensured the role of Sajjan Kumar in the riots," said Harsimrat Kaur Badal speaking in the matter.
On being asked about the Congress leader Kamal Nath who will swear-in as the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh later in the day, the Akali Dal leader said:
"It is about getting justice for thousands who have been massacred at the behest of Rajiv Gandhi by his three goons Sajjan Kumar, Jagdish Tytler and Kamal Nath. We have been fighting these cases, reiterating that these are the guys who have been behind the case. I am glad that the court is putting it down that there was political patronage. Congress has been consistently promoting and backing these people. One of the perpetrators Kamal Nath is swearing-in today, despite his role in the massacre and all the cases against him. Culprits of the massacre have been surviving for 34 years because the day they will give out names, that's the day the Gandhi family will not able to show their faces. Rahul Gandhi after 34 years still says that Congress had no hands in the case."
Besides Sajjan Kumar, the High Court held other four persons guilty in the verdict, namely Ex-MLA Mahender Yadav, Ex-councillor Balwant Khokhar, Ex-Navy officer Baghmal, and Kishan Khokhar, ordering them to surrender. The judges also made a damning remark over how Sajjan Kumar and others managed to evade the arms of justice for 34 years, saying:
"In the summer of 1947, during partition, several people were massacred. 37 years later Delhi was the witness of a similar tragedy. The accused enjoyed political patronage and escaped trial", the judges said.