New Delhi: Congress leader Sajjan Kumar was today granted anticipatory bail in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case by a Delhi court which directed him to cooperate in the probe and not influence witnesses. Additional Session Judge Vikas Dhull, while granting relief to the former MP on a personal bond of Rs. 1 lakh and a surety of the same, also ordered that he will not leave the country without the court’s permission.
The court had reserved its order on Tuesday after hearing the arguments of counsel for both the parties in two cases filed against Sajjan Kumar in Janakpuri and Vikaspuri in West Delhi.
The complaint in Janakpuri pertains to the killing of two Sikhs, Sohan Singh and his son-in-law Avtar Singh, on November 1, 1984, and the other where Gurcharan Singh was burnt on November 2, 1984, in Vikaspuri.
As per the complaint, Gurcharan Singh, who was badly-burnt in the attack, remained bed-ridden for 29 years before he died three years ago.
Seeking anticipatory bail for Sajjan Kumar, his counsel had argued that his name had appeared in this case after 32 years and the case was politically motivated.
Opposing the plea, senior advocate H S Phoolka, appearing for the complainants, had argued that the allegations against Sajjan Kumar were very serious and he was a very influential person.
The prosecutor, appearing for SIT, had also said that Sajjan Kumar was not cooperating in the investigation and his custodial interrogation was required.
The court was told that Sajjan Kumar was summoned twice by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) but he had appeared only once.