Widows and survivors of families of those killed in the 1984 anti-sikh riots moved the Delhi High Court on Wednesday seeking appointment of a monitoring committee to oversee the trial on the line of Gujarat riots cases.
Citing Zahira Sheikh cases, they sought a direction to the government to appoint a Special Public Prosecutor to deal with the pending cases.
The High Court has sought the CBI’s and the Delhi government’s responses by February 3 on the plea.
A bench headed by Chief Justice A.P. Shah was acting on a petition filed by NGO ‘84 Carnage Justice Committee which alleged the CBI was in “collusion with influential” accused in these cases.
“The state machinery, including the prosecuting agency, has been openly aiding, helping and obliging the accused. The manner in which the CBI has thrown all legal norms to the wind and helped the accused in open court is in itself sufficient for intervention of this court,” the NGO's lawyer H.S. Phulka said in the petition.
“The whole approach of the CBI is to somehow shield the guilty.”
The NGO said the CBI’s “defensive” approach towards the accused was reflected in a recent case in which a lower court had pulled up the investigating agency for failing to issue a notice to the complainant before filing the closure report against Congress leader Sajjan Kumar in a 1984 anti-Sikh riot case.