The Delhi High Court on Monday reversed the trial court's decision to acquit Sajjan Kumar in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, awarding life term and Rs 5 lakh fine to the Congress leader 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.
The judge, while reading out the judgment, had stated that the accused in the 1984 riots had escaped trial having enjoyed political patronage.
In the aftermath of the judgment, many political leaders expressed their delight and called for similar punishments to be handed to the others who are still to be convicted.
This comes after the bench of Justices S Muralidhar and Vinod Goel had concluded hearing arguments on the appeals filed by the CBI, riot survivors, and convicts. In November, there were a number of major developments in the case.