SC: 186 anti-Sikh riots cases to be re-investigated

SC: 186 anti-Sikh riots cases to be re-investigated

SC: 186 anti-Sikh riots cases to be re-investigated

By / India News / Thursday, 11 January 2018 07:10

New Delhi,
The Supreme Court today decided to set up a three-member special investigation team (SIT) to re-investigate 186 anti-Sikh riots cases. Almost 3,000 people were killed, most of them in Delhi, in the riots that broke out following the assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984.

A three-judge Bench, headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, took the decision after a perusal of a two-judge supervisory panel report that scrutinised 241 cases closed by an SIT formed by the NDA government. The report was submitted on December 6.

The Bench, which initially wanted the government to suggest names for the new SIT today itself, posted it for formal orders on Thursday after Additional Solicitor General Pinky Anand said the government needed a day.

Appearing on behalf of the victims, senior counsel HS Phoolka suggested the names of former Delhi High Court Chief Justice AP Shah, former Punjab and Haryana High Court CJ Mukul Mudgal and former Delhi HC Judge SN Dhingra.  The court asked him to submit the names on Thursday. The Bench made it clear that the two other persons would be a former IPS officer in the rank of Inspector General and a serving IPS officer in the rank of Superintendent of Police.

The court said it would not reopen cases in which the accused had been acquitted. The report of the supervisory panel comprising Justices JM Panchal and KSP Radhakrishnan was perused for the first time on Wednesday.

The court had assigned the task of examining the 241 cases closed by the SIT to the committee, which was to recommend as to whether the cases were rightly closed or not. The court had said if there was any material to show that a particular case had been wrongly closed, it was open to order prosecution.

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