SC orders new SIT to probe 186 anti-Sikh riot closed cases

1984 riots SC orders re-investigation of 186 cases

Supreme Court to Form Fresh SIT to Monitor Probe into 186 Anti-Sikh Riot Cases

Seen as yet another judicial stunt, the Supreme Court of India (SCI) here today reportedly said that it would constitute a fresh three-member SIT, to be headed by a former high court judge, to monitor probe into the 186 cases pertaining to November 1984 Sikh genocide.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra along with Justices DY Chandrachud and AM Khanwilkar passed the order in a plea seeking reopening and re-investigating the anti-sikh riots cases.

On February 20, the Centre had filed a status report in the top court on the investigation conducted by the SIT into anti-Sikh riots cases.

The court said it will nominate the members of the probe team on Thursday, after a consensus between the petitioners and the government on who should be a part of it.

It also made it clear that the retired police officer shall not be below the rank of DIG at the time of his superannuation. Of the 241 cases, 55 were closed and no further investigation took place in 186 others.

The SIT is headed by Pramod Asthana, an IPS officer of 1986 batch, and has Rakesh Kapoor, a retired district and sessions judge, and Kumar Gyanesh, an additional deputy commissioner of Delhi Police, as its members.

AAP leader Jarnail Singh, fighting for the families affected by the anti-Sikh riots, also urged the Supreme Court to direct the CBI, or an independent investigation agency, to investigate the cases.

Notably, a SIT was formed by the Narendra Modi government in 2015 after a special committee appointed by the centre recommended such a move to examine anti-Sikh riots case pending since 1984.

Rampaging mobs had killed around 3,000 Sikhs in Delhi and elsewhere across India in the aftermath of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's assassination by two of her security guards on October 31, 1984, in the national capital.

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