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Supreme Court panel to examine why 1984 anti-Sikh riots cases closed

1984 riots: Two years after its formation, the SIT has managed to file chargesheets only in a few cases taken up for further probe.

Written by Ananthakrishnan G | New Delhi | Updated: August 17, 2017 8:00 am
1984 riots, anti-Sikh riots, sikh riots, sikh riots case, 1984 anti-Sikh riots case, supreme court on sikh riots, supreme court on 1984 riots, indian express news The bench also issued notice to the Uttar Pradesh government on another petition filed by victims of the anti-Sikh riots in Kanpur, demanding an SIT probe into the incidents.

A “supervisory body” of two retired Supreme Court judges will scrutinise the closure by a Special Investigation Team (SIT) of 241 cases related to the 1984 anti-Sikh riots in Delhi. The SIT had been constituted by the Union Home Ministry in February 2015 to reinvestigate “serious cases” during the riots that followed the assassination of Indira Gandhi. A three-judge Bench, headed by Justice Dipak Misra, Wednesday said the committee will examine whether the decision of the SIT to close the cases was correct or not. It will submit its report in three months and the court will take up the matter again on November 28.

The court did not name the judges of the committee and said it will be added to the order.

On March 24 this year, the Supreme Court had asked the Centre to produce files of anti-Sikh riots cases that the SIT set up by the Home Ministry had decided to close.

The bench also issued notice to the Uttar Pradesh government on another petition filed by victims of the anti-Sikh riots in Kanpur, demanding an SIT probe into the incidents. The bench asked their counsel Prasoon Kumar to hand over a copy of the petition to Uttar Pradesh Additional Advocate General Aishwarya Bhati.

Senior Counsel H S Phoolka, who represented the petitioners in the Delhi cases, told the court that “though the SIT’s mandate was all-India, but unfortunately they restricted themselves to Delhi… 126 deaths had taken place in Kanpur, but the cases were not taken up”.

Two years after its formation, the SIT has managed to file chargesheets only in a few cases taken up for further probe.

Phoolka and Senior Counsel Arvind Datar, who also represented petitioner Gurnad Singh, told the bench that only nine cases were on. They requested the court to order day-to-day trial. But the bench pointed out that it had already given its order and it only needed to be shown to the trial court.

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  1. Roby Mani
    Aug 17, 2017 at 7:12 pm
    I just cannot understand as to why the judges keep on opening this and Bofors case and then shut them Are we to think that judgements passed by these honourable courts in the past are not reliable? This is surely a waste of public money and a source of employment for a retired judge In case the learned judges are able to find some wrong doing by any person, that person may have died or may be in a camatose stage. Nothing worth while is going to come out of it, other than giving an extra ammunition to the BJP to corner. the Congress. Many cases remain unattended in the courts and many undertrials are just languishing in the jail for want of hearing of their cases, Can we waste the precious time of our courts in settling petty political scores when more important cases remain pending?
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      A Banerjee
      Aug 17, 2017 at 2:25 pm
      One fervently hopes that the panel takes due cognisance of all the persons named in Nanavati report and recommend suitable action against the police officers responsible for the closure of the cases. Many anti-Sikh rioters named by the Nanavati Commission were let free and grew to become very successful financially and respectable in society. It is high time they are given the punishment needed for their atrocities.
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        Ravi Kaul
        Aug 17, 2017 at 12:27 pm
        The SC wants to open something that happened 33 years ago , then why not open something that happened 27 years ago - namely the ethnic cleansing of the Kashmiri Pandits from their home land in Jan 1990 which the SC has turned down recently asking how proof will be made available afte 27 years. No doublle standards and sickularism ,SC Judges !!!!
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        1. Gurdeep Jolly
          Aug 17, 2017 at 8:25 am
          Almost 33 years passedand today ooening the files of riots against sikhs. It is not bad but what will b result. Mostly the witnessses or culprit or relatives or either dead or changed their residents. Govt doing fun with these poor peoples. Giving hipe and do nothing is a big crime.
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            Niladrinath Mohanty
            Aug 17, 2017 at 8:12 am
            Many old cases are being reopened. When Congress party was in power the cases were put to sleep and now they are being picked up. Does it show that our courts are committed?
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