Congress leader Sajjan Kumar, chargesheeted in two anti-Sikh riot cases, suffered a set back on Tuesday, with the Delhi High Court refusing to hear his anticipatory bail plea.
Kumar, who faces arrest for his alleged involvement in the cases had approached the Delhi High Court, pleading that his plea should be urgently heard, in view of Wednesday’s proceedings in the trial court, which has sought his personal presence.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has charged Kumar under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), including 302 (murder), 153-A (rioting) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy).
A bench of acting Chief Justice M B Lokur and Justice Mukta Gupta, however, turned down his plea and said his petition would be taken up in normal course.
Kumar, a 64-year-old former MP from Outer Delhi, moved the High Court after a lower court on Tuesday refused to grant him anticipatory bail, saying the allegations against him on “face value” do not appear to be completely false.
The lower court, in its 38-page order, had said no exceptional reasons have been brought forth which may entitle the accused for the grant of anticipatory bail.
Though the veracity of allegations was the “subject matter of the trial”, the findings suggested there was some substance in them, it said.