DELHI: Supreme Court judge Justice Sanjiv Khanna on Monday recused himself from the bench hearing former Congress leader Sajjan Kumar’s plea against his conviction and sentence in a 1984 anti-Sikh genocide case.

The matter came up for hearing before a bench headed by CJI Ranjan Gogoi. Justice Khanna was the part of the Supreme Court’s bench, which was hearing the case.

The matter will now be listed before another bench of the Supreme Court for a detailed hearing.

In December last year, the Delhi High Court sentenced Kumar to life imprisonment and held him guilty of murder, promoting enmity between groups, and defiling public property.

The Delhi High Court’s verdict had reversed a lower court’s 2013 judgement acquitting Kumar. Kumar was sent to jail after he surrendered before a trial court on December 31.

After his conviction, Kumar had resigned from the Congress party and had also moved an appeal in the top court.

The case in which Kumar was convicted related to the murder of five Sikhs in Delhi Cantonment’s Raj Nagar Part-I area and arson at a gurdwara in Raj Nagar Part-II.