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SC fiat on anti-Sikh riots

chandigarh Updated: Feb 17, 2014 18:00 IST
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The Supreme Court on Monday refrained from passing any order at this stage on a petition seeking constitution of SIT to probe series of events leading to the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, asking a rights activist to bring out aspects of the incidents which purportedly have not yet been looked into in the last three decades.

Without issuing notice, a bench headed by justice AK Patnaik granted two weeks to the human rights activist, who filed the petition, to place before it Justice GT Nanavati Commission report which had conducted detailed enquiry into the sequence of events leading to the riots after the assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on October 30, 1984.

The bench asked petitioner S Sudarshan Singh Wazir to examine the commission's report and find out the issues which required the indulgence of the apex court.

Senior advocate Sunil Sethi, who appeared for the petitioner, sought to constitute a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the series of events that led to the "1984 massacre of Sikh community".

"Conduct detailed inquiry and investigation so as to charge those responsible for causing, perpetrating, abetting, spreading and influencing the 1984 riots and commission of several crimes connected to the said riots, the petition said.

"To register cases based on the outcome of such inquiry and investigation and to prosecute those who are charged," the petition filed through advocate Senile Fernandes said.

It also sought creation of special fast track courts to try the riots related cases on a day-to-day basis to expedite the judicial process.

Wazir, former president of the Sikh Gurudwara Prabandhak Board of the Jammu and Kashmir, sought ex gratia compensation be granted to the families of the victims who lost their lives and other affected persons who had suffered several damage to their properties.