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Anti-Sikh riots: Amarinder welcomes formation of new SIT

11 January 2018, 09:50 | Melissa Porter

AAP welcomes SC decision for new SIT to probe 186 anti-Sikh

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Appointing Justice Dhingra as the new SIT head, the bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud said former IPS officer Rajdeep Singh and 2006 batch IPS officer Abhishek Dular would be the other two members of the team.

Large-scale riots had broken out in the national capital in the aftermath of the assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by two Sikh security guards on the morning of October 31, 1984.

After the Supreme Court on Wednesday constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to further probe 186 anti-Sikh riots cases closed by an earlier SIT, the Congress party said it will support any probe into the 1984 riots.

The matter will be heard next on March 19.

Last month, SC took on record the final report submitted by a supervisory body to look into the closure of 241 cases. At least 2,433 people died in Delhi alone.

SIT had earlier closed 186 cases connected to the anti-Sikh riots. The court is scheduled to pass orders on names of the probe committee today. In February 2015, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs constituted a three-member SIT to reinvestigate criminal cases filed in Delhi in relation to the 1984 Sikh massacre.

AAP leader Jarnail Singh, fighting for the families affected by the anti-Sikh riots, also urged the Supreme Court to direct the CBI, or an independent investigation agency, to investigate the cases.

He was recently in the news for heading a one-man panel that probed Haryana land scam allegedly involving Robert Vadra, the son-in-law UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi.

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