The Supreme Court on Monday sought a response from the CBI on an appeal and plea for bail filed by former Congress leader Sajjan Kumar against his conviction in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case. Kumar, 73, surrendered before a trial court here on December 31, 2018 to serve his sentence in accordance with the Delhi High Court’s December 17 judgment, which convicted and sent him to prison for the “remainder of his natural life. ” The case in which Kumar was convicted and sentenced relates to the killing of five Sikhs in Delhi Cantonment’s Raj Nagar Part-I area of southwest Delhi on November 1-2, 1984 and the burning down of a gurdwara. Kumar resigned from the Congress after his conviction in the case. The High Court found Kumar guilty of criminal conspiracy and abetment in commission of crimes of murder, promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of communal harmony and defiling and destruction of a gurdwara.
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