1984 anti-Sikh riots: SC directs re-probe into 186 cases

1984 Anti Sikh Riots

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

Besides Justice Dhingra, Abhishek Dular, an IPS officer of Himachal Pradesh cadre and a retired IG rank officer Rajdeep Singh will be other members of the SIT. The Court to further hear the matter on 19 March, reported PTI.

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.

Large-scale riots had broken out in Delhi in the aftermath of the assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by two Sikh security guards on October 31, 1984. Kishori Lal, dubbed as the "butcher of Trilokpuri", was among those sentenced by Dhingra.

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Kahlon had contended that the SIT set up in February 2015 to investigate the cases closed earlier for lack of sufficient evidence had utterly failed in carrying out the probe. The death sentence of another accused was commuted to life sentence by the high court itself.

A three-judge bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud had on Wednesday said it would name the panel on Thursday.

The apex court said the supervisory body, appointed by it has found that out of 241 cases, 186 cases were closed without investigation. The petitions filed by Singh and Manjit Singh GK had alleged that the SIT had scrutinised 293 cases and closed 199 of them after scrutiny. The apex Court also constituted a 3-member Committee headed by a former Supreme Court Judge to conduct trial in these cases. It had said nine cases were still being investigated by the SIT and two being probed by the CBI.

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