A day after Delhi High Court convicted him in 1984 anti-Sikh riots, Sajjan Kumar on Tuesday submitted his resignation from the primary membership of the party.
“I tender my resignation with immediate effect from the primary membership of the Indian National Congress in the wake of the judgement of the hon’ble high court of Delhi against me,” he wrote in a letter to the party High Command Rahul Gandhi.
On Monday, the Delhi High Court convicted Kumar for his role in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots and sentenced him to life imprisonment.
The 73-year-old leader was asked to surrender by December 31. He was further directed not to leave Delhi. Kumar was convicted under various counts of Indian Penal Code (IPC), including murder, delivering provocative speeches instigating violence against Sikhs, and criminal conspiracy.
Earlier today, Kumar was seen visiting famous Hanuman Temple in Delhi’s Connaught Place. When asked to comment on the Delhi HC order, he, however, silently evaded questions asked by the media persons.
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A bench of Justice S. Muralidhar and Justice Vinod Goel said: “This court is of the view that the mass killings of Sikhs in Delhi and elsewhere in November 1984 were in fact ‘crimes against humanity’. They will continue to shock the collective conscience of society for a long time to come”.
“In the summer of 1947, during partition, this country witnessed horrific mass crimes where several lakhs of civilians, including Sikhs, Muslims and Hindus, were massacred,” the bench said in its 203-page order.
On October 1984, as many as 2,433 people including Sikhs, Muslims, Hindus were brutally murdered following the assassination of the Former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards.
The court further said that a “majority of the perpetrators of these horrific mass crimes” enjoyed political patronage and were supported by “an indifferent law enforcement agency”.