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Re-investigate cases of 1984 anti-Sikh riots, Supreme Court says

AAP welcomes SC decision for new SIT to probe 186 anti-Sikh SAD welcomes new SIT for anti-Sikh riot cases
Marlene Weaver | 11 January, 2018, 21:49

The carnage erupted just hours after then prime minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her Sikh bodyguards, and lasted three days with Sikhs raped and murdered, and their homes and businesses torched. "On perusal of the same, we find that the SIT has not done further investigation in respect of 186 cases".

In a major development, the Supreme Court on Wednesday directed to re-investigated 186 anti-Sikh riot cases, closed earlier by the SIT.

The bench said the proposed committee will be headed by a former high court judge and consist of one retired and one serving police officer.

The matter will come up on hearing on March 19.

The Centre has also been allowed to suggest names for the SIT.

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The order was passed in relation to a petition filed by S Gurlad Singh Kahlon, a member of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC), who had sought the apex court's directions in setting up of the SIT to ensure speedy justice to victims of the communal riots.

Dhingra has earlier headed a one-man inquiry commission appointed by Haryana government to probe land deals involving Robert Vadra, son-in-law of former Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

"The special investigation team formed by their own government closed 1984 riots cases because their own members were involved", AAP leader Sanjay Singh told the media here. Committee to file an interim report within 2 months to the Supreme Court.

On August 16 previous year, the court had appointed the supervisory panel to examine the SIT's decision to close 241 cases. It had said that nine cases were still being investigated by the SIT, while two cases are being probed by CBI.

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