Delhi HC dismisses Sajjan Kumar’s plea to transfer ’84 case

Delhi High Court on Friday dismissed the pleas of Congress leader Sajjan Kumar and others for transfer of their case relating to 1984 Sikh Genocide before another bench, saying these were “baseless and misconceived” and an “abuse of law”.
A bench of justices Gita Mittal and P S Teji also rejected their plea alleging bias by one member of the division bench which is hearing the matter, saying the contentions raised amounted to contempt of court but it was not initiating any action as it would delay the proceedings. “The present applications are baseless, malafide and misconceived. We find no merit and hence the same are dismissed,” the bench said, adding “it is abuse of law”.

Kumar and others had alleged in their applications that Justice Teji should not hear the matter as he had heard the case as a trial court judge earlier.

Countering their submissions, CBI had said that Justice Teji had never conducted trial proceedings in the case but only heard the bail plea when he was a trial court judge, as being a sessions judge then, he was handling bail matters.

The bench today said that none of the life convicts in the case joined the applicants alleging bias by any member of the bench and hence there was “no apprehension of injustice”.

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