Supreme Court finds 186 anti-Sikh riots cases were closed without investigation


Justice (Retired) Shiv Narayan Dhingra will head the new committee that will re-investigate 186 closed cases related to the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

Besides Justice Dhingra, serving IPS officer Abhishek Dular and retired IG rank officer Rajdeep Singh would be part of the SIT, which has been asked by a Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra to submit its status report in two months, media reports said.

The carnage erupted just hours after then prime minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her Sikh bodyguards, and lasted three days with Sikhs raped and murdered, and their homes and businesses torched.

That SIT was to examine the necessity of further investigation into them.

The Supreme Court decided on Wednesday to set up a new special investigation team headed by a retired high court judge to probe the 1984 anti-Sikh riots cases after it found that the existing SIT, set up by the NDA government in 2015, had not done its job properly, reports Dhananjay Mahapatra. The Supreme Court will hear the matter again on March 19. The court is scheduled to pass orders on names of the probe committee today. The violence had claimed 2,733 lives in Delhi alone.

Justice Dhingra, as the judge of the trial court, had dealt with 1984 anti-Sikh riot cases and in about 16 cases, his judgement had resulted in conviction of accused persons.

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.