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1984 riots: SC forms body to examine SIT decision to close 199 cases

LiveMint logoLiveMint 16-08-2017 PTI

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday appointed a supervisory body of two former-apex court judges to scrutinise the Special Investigation Team (SIT) decision to close 199 cases in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots matter.

A bench headed by justice Dipak Misra also asked the body to examine the SIT’s decision to close additional 42 riots- related cases. The top court directed the supervisory body to examine the issue and submit a report within three months.

The court has posted the matter for further hearing on 28 November. The apex court had on 24 March asked the Centre to place before it the files pertaining to the 199 cases of the anti- Sikh riots which the special investigation team set up by the Home Ministry has decided to “close”.

The SIT is headed by Pramod Asthana, an IPS officer of 1986 batch, and has Rakesh Kapoor, a retired district and sessions judge, besides Kumar Gyanesh, an additional deputy commissioner of Delhi Police, as its members.

Anti-Sikh riots that broke out after the assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had claimed 2,733 lives in Delhi alone.

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