Supreme Court announces new probe into 186 closed anti-Sikh riot cases

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Retired IAS officer Rajdeep Singh and IPS officer Avishek Dullar will be other two members of the committee that will re-investigate the cases.

The matter will be heard next on March 19.

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.

Rampaging mobs had killed around 3,000 Sikhs in Delhi and elsewhere across India in the aftermath of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's assassination by two of her security guards on October 31, 1984, in the national capital. The court is scheduled to pass orders on names of the probe committee today.

Earlier last month, the SC took on record the final report submitted by a supervisory body appointed by it to look into the closure of 241 riot cases from 1984. At least 2,433 people died in Delhi alone.

It was high time that justice be provided in these cases, said Captain Singh, who himself had quit as MP in protest against the violence.

Abhishek Dular, who served as Superintendent of Police in Shimla, is now on central deputation with CBI and has probed the sensational Bulandsahar highway gangrape case.

When the Centre constituted the SIT in 2014, a total of 293 cases were entrusted to it.

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

On August 16 past year, the apex court had appointed the supervisory panel to examine the SIT's decision to close 241 cases in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots matter.

The move came following receipt of a report by a supervisory committee that said of the 241 cases closed by the earlier SIT, 186 were closed without further investigation. It will investigate 186 cases that have not yet been examined by the Centre-appointed Special Investigation Team so far.