Apex Court Directs To Supervisory Body To Scrutinize 199 Cases Closed By SIT

The apex court directed a supervisory body to scrutinize the 199 cases that were closed by SIT in anti-Sikh riots that took place after the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

New Delhi: The Supreme Court decided to reopen the closed cases related to 1984 anti-Sikh riots on Wednesday.

The top court of the country appointed a supervisory body of two former apex court judges to scrutinize the SIT decision to close 199 cases.

Immediately after the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, anti-Sikh riots broke out and had claimed the lives of at least 2,733 people in Delhi alone.

A bench led by Justice Dipak Misra also asked the body to examine the SITs decision to close additional 42 riots-related cases.

The apex court directed the supervisory body to examine the issue and submit a report within three months.  The matter was posted to November 28 for further hearing.

On March 24, the Supreme Court asked the centre to place before it the files pertaining to the 199 cases of the anti-Sikh riots, which the Special Investigation Team decided to ‘close.’ The team was set up by the then home ministry.

The SIT was headed by 1986 batch IPS officer Pramod Asthana, and retired district and sessions judge Rakesh Kapoor, and the then Additional Deputy Commissioner of Delhi Police Kumar Gyanesh as members.

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