The Delhi high court on Friday rejected the Congress leader Sajjan Kumar’s request seeking additional time to surrender in connection with his conviction in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots where he is accused of killing five people.
The court had asked him to surrender by December 31 but he had on Thursday moved it seeking time till the end of January.
The court said it found no ground for granting the extension of time to Sajjan Kumar to surrender.
The Delhi high court had on December17 overturned Sajjan Kumar’s acquittal by a lower court and held him guilty of torching a family of five in west Delhi’s Raj Nagar during the riots in Delhi nearly 34 years ago. Spending some more time with his family — including his eight grandchildren — was Sajjan Kumar’s top reason to request the court to give him some grace period before he starts his jail term.
Following his conviction, Sajjan Kumar resigned from the primary membership of the Congress party. He wrote to party president Rahul Gandhi submitting his resignation.