On February 5, the state government ordered to set-up a four member SIT headed by former UP DGP Atul to examine the cases filed during 1984 anti-Sikh riots. The Kanpur police have been collecting the case documents and the status of each cases to be sent to the government.
The court had approved the names of former Delhi HC judge Justice S N Dhingra, serving Himachal Pradesh cadre IPS officer Abhishek Dular and retired IG rank officer Rajdeep Singh as committee members. Singh, however, declined to be a part of the team
A Special Investigation Team that started out of two rooms has secured a conviction in an anti-Sikh riots case, more than three decades on. The Indian Express looks at how its members had to navigate previously shoddy probes, sketchy documents and the challenge of reopening old wounds
Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s comments at the London School of Economics Friday that Congress was not involved in 1984 riots had all the potential to be a political hot potato in the Assembly session, but the Congress got away unscathed.
“Sheela Kaur deposed before court that she had earlier received threats that her children would be killed if she names Sajjan Kumar. She confirmed her statements that Sajjan Kumar was involved. Her cross-examination will continue on February 7,” said senior advocate H S Phoolka
The trial court had acquitted Congress leader Sajjan Kumar but awarded life term to Khokhar, Bhagmal and Girdhari Lal and three-year jail term to two others — former MLA Mahender Yadav and Kishan Khokhar.
On March 24, the top court had asked the Centre to put before it the files pertaining to the 199 cases of the anti-Sikh riots which the special investigation team set up by the Home Ministry has decided to "close".
Speaking to The Indian Express, H S Phoolka said, “All my life I have fought for the riot victims and have not charged any fee and now that the case is at a crucial stage and I cannot let office of profit to hold me back from my duties.”