1984 anti-Sikh riots: Justice Sanjiv Khanna recuses from hearing convict Sajjan Kumar’s appeal

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Supreme Court judge Justice Sanjiv Khanna on Monday recused himself from hearing former Congress leader Sajjan Kumar’s plea against his conviction and sentence in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case.

The matter came up for hearing before a bench headed by CJI Ranjan Gogoi. Justice Khanna was the part of the Supreme Court’s bench, which was hearing the case.

Kumar had surrendered in a local court in Delhi on December 31 last year to serve a life sentence in pursuance of the high court’s December 17 judgment awarding him life imprisonment for the “remainder of his natural life”.

The anti-Sikh riots broke out after the assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984 by her two Sikh bodyguards.