The Delhi High Court on Monday granted relief from the 1984 anti-Sikh riot case, convicting Naresh Sehrawat and accepting his plea for a three-month temporary suspension for medical reasons.
A bench of judges Manmohan and Sanjeev Narula suspended Naresh Sehrawat’s sentence for a period of twelve weeks from the date of release, asking him to provide a personal bond and a bond of 20,000 rupees each.
Naresh Sehrawat made his pleas through the lawyer Dharam Raj Ohlan, requesting a provisional suspension of his sentence of three months on the grounds that the petitioner must undergo a liver and kidney transplant simultaneously at the earliest.
On 19 and 26 May the Delhi High Court ordered that the applicant be brought to the hospital of the Institute of Liver and Biliary Science (ILBS) for a medical examination and treatment.
The court noted that the petitioner is a chronic kidney disease, a stage IV patient and that he is admitted to the medical service of Central Jail Hospital and that he is very vulnerable to a contagious disease like COVID-19.
Naresh Sehrawat was sentenced to life imprisonment by a court of first instance. Along with Yashpal Singh, he was convicted by a trial court for murder, attempted murder, dacoity and for willfully wounding with dangerous weapons.
Naresh Sehrawat and Yashpal Singh were charged with killing Hardev Singh and Avtar Singh in the Mahipalpur region, south of Delhi, in the riots that followed the assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.