Anti-Sikh riot cases: Retd Justice Dhingra to supervise re-investigation

1984 riots SC orders re-investigation of 186 cases

1984 riots SC orders re-investigation of 186 cases

The Bench, also comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, said the proposed three-member new SIT, headed by a former High Court judge, will also include a retired IPS officer ~ not below the rank of IG or equivalent post at the time of superannuation ~ and a serving IPS officer based in Delhi.

The matter will be heard next on March 19.

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.

"Be it in 1984 (anti-Sikh riots) or in 2002 (anti-Muslim riots in Gujarat), the Bharatiya Janata Party has taken no action against the guilty". Delhi alone accounted for 2,733 deaths. Kishori Lal, dubbed as the "butcher of Trilokpuri", was among those sentenced by Dhingra.

Abhishek Dular, who served as Superintendent of Police in Shimla, is now on central deputation with CBI and has probed the sensational Bulandsahar highway gangrape case. The Special Investigation Team (SIT) is a three-member committee.

The apex court perused the report of the supervisory body appointed by it which has found that out of 241 cases, 186 cases were closed without investigation.

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 committee, set up by the Supreme Court on Wednesday, will file its interim report within two months.

The earlier SIT had examined 293 cases.

In a major decision, the Supreme Court of India has ordered re-investigation of the cases relating to the unprecedented anti-Sikh riots which broke out late in 1984.

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