AAP welcomes SC decision for new SIT to probe 186 anti-Sikh

Henrietta Brewer
January 11, 2018

Retired IAS officer Rajdeep Singh and IPS officer Avishek Dullar will be other two members of the committee that will re-investigate the cases. It put the mattter for further hearing on March 19. He was recently in news for heading a one-man panel that probed Haryana land scam allegedly involving Robert Vadra.

The riots broke out on November 1, 1984, after Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her Sikh bodyguards. Delhi alone accounted for 2,733 deaths.

The Centre had earlier reportedly said that of the 250 cases, which were probed by the SIT, closure reports were filed in 241 cases.

Petitioner S Gurlad Singh Kahlon had earlier told the Bench that a total of 293 Sikh killing related cases were taken up for scrutiny by the earlier SIT, which had chose to close 199 of them after scrutiny, notes The Tribune (TT).

Capt, who himself had quit as MP in protest against the violence, said it was high time that justice be provided in these cases.

The Bench said the supervisory body, appointed by it has found that out of 241 cases, 186 cases were closed without investigation. The Special Investigation Team (SIT) is a three-member committee. "On perusal of the same, we find that the SIT has not done further investigation in respect of 186 cases".

When the Centre constituted the SIT in 2014, a total of 293 cases were entrusted to it.

These cases were scrutinised by the Supervisory Committee comprising former Supreme Court judges, Justices J M Panchal and K S P Radhakrishnan.

The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal today hailed the Supreme Courts decision to constitute a fresh Special Investigation Team (SIT) to monitor a probe into 186 anti-Sikh riot cases.

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