Tuesday, 23 January, 2018

Anti-Sikh riot cases: Retd Justice Dhingra to supervise re-investigation

AAP welcomes SC decision for new SIT to probe 186 anti-Sikh SAD welcomes new SIT for anti-Sikh riot cases
Melissa Porter | 11 January, 2018, 21:49

Besides Justice Dhingra, Abhishek Dular, an IPS officer of Himachal Pradesh cadre and a retired IG rank officer Rajdeep Singh will be other members of the SIT. It put the mattter for further hearing on March 19.

The riots broke out on November 1, 1984, after Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her Sikh bodyguards. The apex court took this view after getting a report on the SIT investigation into the 1984 anti-Sikh riot cases from two retired SC judges.

An advocate, who has been associated with the cases, said Justice Dhingra as a trial court judge had in 1990's conducted the trial of a riots case in Trilokpuri area of East Delhi and had awarded death sentence to main accused Kishori Lal and another. Kishori Lal, dubbed as the "butcher of Trilokpuri", was among those sentenced by Dhingra. Justice Nanavati Commission had recommended reopening of only four of them but the BJP wanted re-investigation of all the cases. "Regard being had to the nature of the case, we think it appropriate that a fresh SIT should be constituted for carrying on further investigation", the CJI-led bench said and posted the matter to Thursday for passing of necessary orders.

The bench directed to re-investigate 186 cases, after going through a report from two retired Supreme Court judges, on the SIT probe.

The SIT closed 241 of the cases, citing lack of evidence; following this, in August 2016, the Supreme Court appointed a panel to review the decision to close the 241 cases. Committee to file an interim report within 2 months to the Supreme Court.