The Delhi High Court on Monday convicted Congress leader Sajjan Kumar of criminal conspiracy in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case and sentenced him to life imprisonment. In the aftermath of Sajjan Kumar's conviction, several Rahul Gandhi-led party leaders spoke in the matter, asserting that the case should not be politicized.
Former Human Resources Minister Kapil Sibal, while maintaining that convicted Sajjan Kumar does not hold an office with the Congress party ticket, attacked BJP for politicizing the case:
"He was not given a ticket. Sajjan Kumar doesn't hold any office. Whereas people accused in riots were given positions in Gujarat. They were reinstated in Gujarat. This is the verdict of the court. They will carry on the legal proceedings ahead. If BJP will politicize the matter, it is their loss."
Former Cabinet Minister Salman Khurshid who counselled for Sajjan Kumar in the case said:
"It is not a question to save someone. The law takes its own course. But everyone has the right to get a lawyer. Now, will you not let me practice my profession also?"
Congress MP Abhishek Manu Singhvi reiterated Kapil Sibal's comments saying that the legal processes in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case should not be drawn into politics. He said:
"It has been a long and continuous process at different levels for different people. Several have been acquitted, several have been convicted by higher courts. Several have been convicted after having acquitted by the court. I think these are legal processes which should not be drawn into the cheapness of daily political discourse because that hurts the judicial process. Go by the process after all the man convicted also has the right to appeal and we must wait for that process instead of spreading speculations on the process."
Furthermore, the Delhi High Court also fined Congress leader Sajjan Kumar with Rs 5 lakh fine for his role in the heinous crime and ordering him to surrender before the end of 2018.
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.