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Updated: February 16, 2010 19:51 IST

Sajjan Kumar seeks anticipatory bail in anti-Sikh riots case

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Former Congress MP from Outer Delhi Sajjan Kumar moved the Delhi High Court on Tuesday seeking anticipatory bail in two separate 1984 anti-Sikh riots cases.

The bail application was listed for hearing before Justice Madan B. Lokur who adjourned it to Wednesday, rejecting Mr. Kumar’s plea for taking it up for hearing right away as there was urgency in it.

Mr. Kumar has to appear before an Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) in the Karkardooma courts on Wednesday on summons issued by the court on February 1 after taking cognisance of the charge-sheets in the two cases filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation.

Mr. Kumar sought bail submitting that he had earlier been granted anticipatory bail in other anti-Sikh riots cases by the trial court. Further, there had never been allegation against him of influencing investigations in the matter. Rather, he had cooperated with the investigating agency, he submitted.

A Special Judge for CBI cases had on Monday refused to grant him anticipatory bail saying that the allegations against him on face value did not appear to be completely false.

Issuing the summons, the ACMM had said that after perusing the charge-sheets, including the statements of the witnesses, prima-facie case of murder, rioting and other offences were made out against the accused.

The CBI had on January 13 charge-sheeted Mr. Kumar and others in the two cases accusing them of making provocative speeches, leading to the killing of 12 persons in the riots that followed the assassination of Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984.

The two cases were registered at Sultanpuri and Delhi Cantonment police stations on the recommendations of Nanavati Commission in 2005.

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