Union minister of food processing Industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal on Friday slammed Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal for the alleged missing of files related to the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, accusing him of playing ‘petty politics’ over an issue as serious as ‘genocide’.
“I am not only shocked, but extremely hurt as a Sikh. The chief minister (Kejriwal) has stooped so low for political gains that he can play with the emotions of a community and that too of genocide,“ she told ANI.
“He had announced to the Sikh community that he will bring the perpetrators of the 1984 riots to the book. He sets up an SIT, and now circular surfaces that they do not even know where the file is. Leave alone bringing them to book, Mr. Kejriwal did nothing but a drama to fool the poor community,” she added.
Earlier, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) accused Kejriwal of playing politics on the issue, and added that it was absolutely shocking to hear that a file related to the formation of a special investigation team (SIT) has gone missing for the last 10 months.
According to reports, a file on constitution of the SIT to probe the 1984 anti-Sikh carnage is reportedly missing from Delhi home department since March 16, 2015.
The file was reportedly marked to then city home minister Jitender Singh Tomar, now on bail in a case over his fake degrees.
The “missing file” issue surfaced at a critical juncture for the Aam Aadmi Party, as it plans to contest the 2017 Punjab Assembly elections.
The AAP government has time and again raised the 1984 anti-Sikh riots issue.
It had recently given an additional Rs 5 lakhs in compensation to families of the riot victims.
However, senior lawyer H S Phoolka, on Friday said the missing files of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) related to the 1984-anti Sikh riots ordered by Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal during his 49-day-old government had no bearing with the current SIT formed by the Centre.