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Sajjan Kumar (born 23 September 1945) is an Indian politician. He was elected to the Lok Sabha, the lower house of the Parliament of India from Outer Delhi as a member of the Indian National Congress but resigned from the primary membership of the party after he was convicted in a case relating to the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.[1]

Sajjan Kumar
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
In office
1980-1984
Preceded byChaudhary Brahm Prakash
Succeeded byChoudhury Bharat Singh
In office
1991-1996
Preceded byTarif Singh
Succeeded byKrishan Lal Sharma
In office
2004-2009
Preceded bySahib Singh Verma
ConstituencyOuter Delhi
Personal details
Born (1945-09-23) 23 September 1945 (age 73)
Delhi, British India
Political partyIndian National Congress till 2018
Spouse(s)Ram Kaur
ResidenceNew Delhi

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Political careerEdit

In 1977, sworn as Delhi Councillor by prominent social activist Guru Radha Kishan. He was first elected to the Municipal Corporation of Delhi in 1977 when only few congressman were able to manage a win in Delhi, and was appointed General Secretary, Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC), Delhi.He was a Sanjay Gandhi loyalist and a bakery owner when he was elected in 1980[2] he was elected to 7th Lok Sabha, and was a Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Works and Housing (for five years) He was reelected in 1991, and then again in 2004. In 2004 he won by the largest number of votes ever in India, 855,543, representing Indian National Congress in outer Delhi. He then served as Member, Committee on Urban Development and Committee on Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme.

Conviction in the anti-Sikh riots caseEdit

He was accused of leading mobs in the 1984 anti-Sikh genocide. Eyewitnesses had testified how Sajjan Kumar incited mobs to kill Sikhs in the aftermath of Indira Gandhi's assassination.[3] In 2012, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) prosecutor told a Delhi court that riots targeting the Sikhs had the "patronage" of Sajjan Kumar.[4][5] CBI alleged that he organised anti-Sikh riots and he along with five others are being tried at court for killing six Sikh people.[6]

In April 2013, the Karkardooma district court in Delhi acquitted Sajjan Kumar, while convicting five others, leading to protests.[7] On 27 August 2013, the Delhi High Court accepted an appeal filed by the CBI against Kumar's previous acquittal by a lower court. CBI stated that the trial court "erred in acquitting Sajjan Kumar as it was he who had instigated the mob during the riots".[8]

He was sentenced to life imprisonment by Delhi High Court on 17 December 2018 for his role in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.[9] On 18 December 2018, he resigned from his party Indian National Congress.[1] His lawyer said they will appeal in the Supreme Court of India.[10][11]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Sajjan Kumar writes to Rahul Gandhi, resigns from Congress". The Economic Times. 18 December 2018. Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  2. ^ "Sanjay Gandhi and his young loyalists sweep Lok Sabha elections". .Prabhu Chawla. India Today. 31 January 1980. Retrieved 20 December 2018.
  3. ^ 1984 riots: Sajjan Kumar provoked mob to kill my father, witness tells court
  4. ^ "India Congress leader 'incited' 1984 anti-Sikh riots". BBC News. 2012-04-23. Retrieved 2012-04-23.
  5. ^ "1984 anti-Sikh riots backed by Govt, police: CBI". IBN Live. 23 April 2012. Retrieved 27 April 2012.
  6. ^ Times news network (23 April 2012). "CBI blames Congress leader Sajjan Kumar for 1984 anti-Sikh riots". The Times of India.
  7. ^ "Sajjan Kumar acquitted in anti-Sikh riots case". The Hindu. 2013-04-30. Retrieved 2013-04-30.
  8. ^ "Court admits appeal against Sajjan Kumar's acquittal". Hindustan Times. 27 August 2013. Archived from the original on 28 August 2013. Retrieved 27 August 2013.
  9. ^ "Congress' Sajjan Kumar Gets Life Term In 1984 Anti-Sikh Riots". 2018-12-17. Retrieved 2018-12-17.
  10. ^ "Sajjan Kumar, convicted in 1984 anti-Sikh riots case, to appeal against 'life sentence' in Supreme Court". Times Now. 18 December 2018. Retrieved 19 December 2018.
  11. ^ "1984 anti-Sikh riots: Sajjan Kumar will move SC against HC order sentencing him to life". The Economic Times. 17 December 2018. Retrieved 19 December 2018.

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