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Sajjan Kumar gets life imprisonment for anti-Sikh pogrom in 1984, HC reverses acquittal

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NEW DELHI: Senior Congress leader Sajjan Kumar has been sentenced to life for the anti-Sikh pogrom in Delhi in 1984. 

The Delhi High Court has overturned the trial court judgment in this case.

This verdict has come nearly 34 years after the massacre in the national capital that led to killings of thousands of Sikhs. 

Apart from Delhi, Sikhs were killed across India. Sajjan Kumar was accused of instigating the mob and giving incendiary speeches that led to the violence in the wake of Indira Gandhi's assassination. 

The bench of Justices S Murlidhar and Vinod Goel held Kumar guilty of criminal conspiracy, promoting enmity and acts against communal harmony. He has to now surrender by December 31. 

Earlier, the trial court had acquitted him. But the judgment was overturned after it was challenged in High Court by the victims, the CBI and other convicts. Sikhs suffered horrific violence in the wake of Indira Gandhi's assassination.