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Sajjan seeks bail, SC orders his health review

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Published on November 10, 2019 with No Comments

The Supreme Court has directed the AIIMS Director to set up a medical board to examine the health condition of 1984 anti-Sikh riots case convict and former Congress leader Sajjan Kumar, who is seeking his release on bail.

A Bench headed by Justice SA Bobde asked the AIIMS Director to submit the board’s report in four weeks. But Kumar will continue to be in jail as the Bench adjourned the hearing to next year during summer vacation.

The order came after senior counsel Vikas Singh submitted that Kumar’s health condition was not good. As the Bench asked about the nature of his ailment, Singh said Kumar had lost around 10 kg weight in the last 11 months. “Just losing weight doesn’t mean illnesses. You want him examined? We will order that. We are taking care of your health. What more do you want? Wherever you are, you should be healthy,” the Bench said while directing AIIMS to set up a medical board for the purpose.

Awarded life term by the Delhi HC, Sajjan (73) had requested the Supreme Court to hear his bail plea which has been hanging fire for several months. Kumar has challenged the Delhi High Court’s verdict of December 17 last year that awarded him life imprisonment for the “remainder of his natural life” in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case relating the killing of five Sikhs in Delhi Cantonment’s Raj Nagar Part-I area of southwest Delhi on November 1-2 in 1984, and burning down of a Gurudwara in Raj Nagar Part-II. He is also seeking suspension of sentence and his release on bail.

 

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