Govt sets up panel to reinvestigate 1984 riot cases

  • PTI, New Delhi
  • Updated: Dec 23, 2014 20:50 IST

Ahead of Delhi Assembly polls, government today set up a committee to examine the possibility of constitution of a Special Investigation Team (SIT) for reinvestigation of the 1984 anti-Sikh riot cases.

The move assumes significance as 2,733 victims of the total 3,325 victims of anti-Sikh riots belonged to the
national capital.

The committee, headed by former Supreme Court Judge Justice (retired) GP Mathur, will submit its report within
three months, a home ministry official said.

BJP had earlier demanded reinvestigation into all cases related to the 1984 riots which had broken out after the
assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh body guards.

The Justice Nanavati Commission had recommended reopening of only four of 241 cases closed by police but BJP wanted the reinvestigation of all the other 237 cases.

Supreme Court lawyer HS Phoolka, who has been fighting the anti-Sikh riot cases, had in an open letter to former law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, demanded that an SIT be set up to probe the 1984 riot cases.

Phoolka said of the 241 related cases, only four were reopened and reinvestigated by CBI. In two of the cases, CBI had filed a chargesheet and in one of the cases five persons, including a former MLA, were convicted.

Phoolka said if the remaining 237 cases were reopened, it would result in more convictions.

The committee will look into various grievances relating to the anti-Sikh riots. It was set up after the home ministry received a large number of complaints from various individuals and associations.

The committee will also oversee the implementation of the payment of enhanced compensation of Rs five lakh per person killed during the riots, as approved by the union cabinet on December 10, 2014.

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