Supreme Court finds 186 anti-Sikh riots cases were closed without investigation

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The apex court had said recently that it was to "review" the report of a special committee on the 241 cases of atrocities perpetrated against the Sikhs in 1984.

On October 31, 1984, riots had broken out in New Delhi after the assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by two Sikh security guards.

That SIT was to examine the necessity of further investigation into them.

The bench said the proposed committee will be headed by a former high court judge and consist of one retired and one serving police officer.

The court will hear the matter next on 19 March. The violence had claimed 2,733 lives in Delhi alone. The court is scheduled to pass orders on names of the probe committee today.

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Dhingra has earlier headed a one-man inquiry commission appointed by Haryana government to probe land deals involving Robert Vadra, son-in-law of former Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

The petitioner, Kahlon, a member of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee, had reportedly told the Bench that a total of 293 riot-related cases were taken up for scrutiny by the SIT which had made a decision to close 199 of them after scrutiny.

It had said that with regard to the nature of cases, "it would be appropriate that a fresh SIT should be constituted for carrying on the further investigation".

"The cases should be monitored by Supreme Court as it was done in Gujarat riot cases and resulted in a few convictions", he added.

Over two years and three-term extensions later, the SIT finally stated in 2017 that it had closed 241 cases and filed charges in just 12 cases.

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