Sajjan Kumar, six others get anticipatory bail

New Delhi, Feb 26 (IANS) The Delhi High Court Friday granted anticipatory bail to Congress leader Sajjan Kumar in two cases connected to the 1984 anti-Sikh riots and said it would not hamper investigations into the case.

Justice A.K. Pathak granted anticipatory bail to Sajjan Kumar and six others on a personal bond of Rs.50,000 each.

‘I do not find force in the contention that in case petitioners are at large on bail, it will hamper investigations,’ Justice Pathak said.

‘It would not be justifiable to detain petitioners in custody after a lapse of 25 years of incident,’ the court said in a 25-page order.

Two non-bailable arrest warrants issued against Sajjan Kumar by a city court Feb 17 and Feb 23 will now stand infructuous.

The bail granted to Sajjan Kumar and the others is not subject to any period limitation and can be later treated as a regular bail till the final judgement is pronounced in the cases.

The former MP has been missing since the issue of the arrest warrants Feb 17.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had filed a chargesheet against Sajjan Kumar and others in two cases for allegedly instigating mobs after the assassination of then prime minister Indira Gandhi Oct 31, 1984. Over 3,000 Sikhs across Delhi were killed in the communal frenzy in the days following the assassination.

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