NEW DELHI: Former Congress leader Sajjan Kumar on Saturday moved the Supreme Court challenging his conviction and life term in 1984 anti-Sikh riots case by the Delhi high court.

His lawyer Anil Sharma had earlier said that they respect the judgement but it was their right to move to the Supreme Court as the first appeal as a matter of right or otherwise also.

On Friday, the Delhi HC dismissed Kumar’s plea seeking time till January 30 to surrender after being sentenced to life imprisonment.

A bench of Justices S Muralidhar and Vinod Goel said it saw no grounds to grant him the relief and rejected his application.

The same bench had on December 17 convicted and sentenced 73-year-old Kumar to imprisonment for the remainder of his life in the case and had asked him to surrender by December 31.

He had sought more time, till January 30, to surrender saying he has to settle family affairs related to children and property and also needs time to file appeal in the Supreme Court against the high court verdict.

The application, filed through Sharma, had said Kumar was “under shock and surprise” since the time he has been convicted and he believes that he is innocent.

(With agency inputs)



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