Senior Supreme Court lawyer Harvinder Singh Phoolka on Friday said that the missing files of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) related to the 1984-anti-Sikh riots had no bearing with the current SIT formed by the Centre. The files had been ordered by Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal.
“I am told by the media that some part of the file pertaining to that order of the Delhi government is missing, but that has no bearing on the present SIT because it has been constituted by the Central government,” Phoolka told ANI.
“The SIT has been constituted last year by the Centre and that is only one which is continuing,” he added.
Phoolka further said the previous SIT which was ordered by the Kejriwal government in 2014 during its 49-day government was never made functional and after Kejriwal resigned, the lieutenant governor had not constituted any SIT.
“It has no bearing on the present SIT formed by the Centre. The question of delay in the function could have been answered if the SIT would have been formed,” he added.
According to reports, a file on constitution of the SIT to probe the 1984 anti-Sikh carnage has reportedly been missing from Delhi home department since March 16 last year.
The file was reportedly marked to the then city home minister Jitender Singh Tomar, now on bail in a case over his fake degrees.
The ‘missing file’ issue has 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.