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New SIT to supervise probe in 186 anti-Sikh riot cases set up

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Supreme today set up a three-member special investigation team (SIT) headed by former High Justice S N Dhingra to supervise further probe into 186 anti-Sikh riot cases. Besides Justice Dhingra, serving Abhishek Dular and retired IG would be part of the SIT which has been asked by a bench headed by Chief Justice to submit its status report in two months. The matter will be heard next on March 19. The top had yesterday held that the previous SIT had not carried out further probe into these 186 cases in which closure reports were filed, and directed setting up of a fresh SIT comprising a former High and two police officers. Large-scale riots had broken out in the national capital in the aftermath of the assassination of then by two Sikh security guards on the morning of October 31, 1984.

The violence had claimed 2,733 lives in alone. The bench, also comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, had yesterday said "we have perused the report of the On perusal of the same, we find that the SIT has not done further investigation in respect of 186 cases." It had said that with regard to the nature of cases, "it would be appropriate that a fresh SIT should be constituted for carrying on the further investigation". The earlier supervisory body, which had submitted its final report, had comprised former apex judges Justice J M Panchal and Justice K S P Radhakrishnan. On August 16 last year, the apex had appointed the supervisory panel to examine the SIT's decision to close 241 cases in the 1984 matter. The Centre had said that out of 250 riots cases which were probed by the SIT, closure reports were filed in 241. It had said nine cases were still being investigated by the SIT and two being probed by the CBI. The apex had on March 24, 2017, asked the Centre to place before it the files pertaining to the 199 anti-Sikh riots cases which the SIT set up earlier by the had decided to close. The SIT was headed by Pramod Asthana, an of 1986 batch, and had Rakesh Kapoor, a retired district and sessions judge, and Kumar Gyanesh, an commissioner of Police, as its members. Petitioner S Gurlad Singh Kahlon had earlier told the bench that a total of 293 riot-related cases were taken up for scrutiny by the earlier SIT which had decided to close 199 of them after scrutiny. Kahlon, a member of the Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee, had sought the court's direction for setting up another SIT to ensure speedy justice to the riot victims.

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First Published: Thu, January 11 2018. 16:55 IST
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