New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday stayed trial proceedings against Congress leader Sajjan Kumar who is facing murder and other charges in connection with the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case.
A bench of Justices P Sathasivam and B S Chauhan also issued notice to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Kumar's appeal challenging his prosecution.
The Delhi High Court had on July 19 dismissed Kumar's petition challenging a trial court's order to frame charges against him in the case.
In the order, Justice Vipin Sanghi questioned the motive of the Delhi Police in cancelling the FIR against Kumar when the matter was still being probed by the CBI.
Justice Sanghi directed the trial court to hold the proceedings against him expeditiously in the anti-Sikh riots cases.
The trial court had on July 7 framed charges against him in another case in connection with the riot case.
The trial court had in May this year framed charges under Sections 302 (murder), 395 (dacoity), 427 (mischief to property), 153A (promoting enmity between different communities) and other provisions of the IPC paving the way for trial of Kumar and five others.
The Supreme Court had on March 29 granted relief to him, saying it would not intervene with a Delhi High Court order that granted bail to Kumar in the case.
The Delhi High Court had on February 26 granted bail to Sajjan Kumar in connection with two cases registered against him in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case.
The Karkardooma Court had on February 23 issued a fresh non-bailable warrant against Kumar and slammed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for its failure to arrest Kumar and others accused in the case.
Earlier, the court had issued two non-bailable warrants against Kumar, who had surrendered before the court on March 10.
The CBI had on January 13 charge-sheeted Kumar and others in the two cases accusing them of making provocative speeches, leading to the killing of 12 persons in the riots that followed the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984.