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India Hails Life Term Given To Congress Leader Sajjan Kumar In The 1984 Anti-Sikh Riots Case

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Today is a landmark day in history for everyone fighting for justice in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, as Congress leader Sajjan Kumar was declared guilty by the Delhi High Court today and was awarded a life sentence.

India Lauds Life Term Given To Congress Leader Sajjan Kumar In The 1984 Anti-Sikh Riots Case© ANI

This judgement follows CBI's acquittal of Kumar, who has now been given a deadline of 31st December to surrender and is also liable to pay a fine of Rs. 5 lakhs. 

The entire nation is obviously lauding this landmark development and celebrating the judgement. 

Finally the wheels of justice are moving. Sajjan Kumar gets life sentence in the 1984 state sponsored Sikh genocide.

Prime Minister Modi's govt facilitated the re-investigation and formed a SIT to investigate the 1984 genocide. Judiciary looked at all the cases afresh. #Respect

— Amit Malviya (@amitmalviya) December 17, 2018

I am at Patiala Court today

An impt verdict awaited...Sajjan Kumar case of murder of 5 Sikhs during #1984SikhGenocide at Raj Nagar

Praying to Almighty - Justice be delivered to Victims of massacre ðð» It would be a big slap on @RahulGandhi face who is supporting butchers of 1984

— Manjinder S Sirsa (@mssirsa) December 17, 2018

#WATCH: HS Phoolka and Manjinder Singh Sirsa celebrate outside Delhi High Court. The Court today sentenced Congress leader Sajjan Kumar to life imprisonment in 1984 anti-Sikh riots case. pic.twitter.com/tpPSgjvDjO

— ANI (@ANI) December 17, 2018

The other names in the list include the likes of Jagdish Tytler and Kamal Nath amongst others. Ironically, on a day when Kumar was convicted, Kamal Nath swore in as the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh.

Sajjan Kumar convicted in 1984 anti-Sikh riots case, Delhi High Court cancels acquittal. Another accused Kamal Nath will take oath as CM today.

— Rana Ayyub (@RanaAyyub) December 17, 2018

Ironical that on the day Sajjan Kumar gets life sentence for his role in state sponsored Sikh genocide of 1984, another man named by an eye witness, an IE reporter, for leading a mob that killed two Sikhs in Gurudwara Rakabganj will be sworn in as Congress CM of Madhya Pradesh.

— Amit Malviya (@amitmalviya) December 17, 2018

Even though deliverance of justice cannot bring back the lives that were lost, one can still take solace from the fact that at least the wheels of justice are moving in the right direction.

I welcome Delhi High Court verdict convicting Sajjan Kumar in 1984 riots case.
It has been a very long n painful wait for innocent victims who were murdered by those in power.
Nobody involved in any riot should be allowed to escape no matter how powerful the individual maybe.

— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) December 17, 2018

But then, there are others who are arguing that the verdict has come in a little too late.

It took our justice system 24 years to convict Sajjan Kumar! For 24 years, despite committing mass murders, he was a free man & politician. Despite being a criminal, he lived a high life.

Frankly think that judgment today ordering life to Sajjan Kumar is too little & too late!

— Swati Maliwal (@SwatiJaiHind) December 17, 2018

Sajjan Kumar's conviction by the Delhi High Court is a delayed vindication of Justice. The Congress and the Gandhi family legacy will continue to pay for the sins of 1984 riots.

— Arun Jaitley (@arunjaitley) December 17, 2018

It is a very big day in the history of Indian politics. Let us hope the lamp of justice continues to shine brightly and everyone guilty in the case meets the same fate as Sajjan Kumar. 

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