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

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.