1984 anti-Sikh riots: SC orders reinvestigation of 186 cases

File photo: Sikh activists hold placards to commemorate the 1984 anti-Sikh riots in Amritsar. Photograph:( AFP )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jan 10, 2018, 09.40 AM (IST)

The Supreme Court on Wednesday has ordered re-investigation of 186 cases in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. These cases had earlier been closed by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the case.

The court said it will set up a three-member committee to re-investigate these cases.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra asked the Centre to suggest names today itself for its consideration and appointment in the proposed Special Investigation Team (SIT). 

The bench, also comprising justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, said the proposed committee will be headed by a former high court judge and consist of one retired and one serving police officer. 

It also made it clear the retired police officer shall not be below the rank of DIG at the time of superannuation. 

Earlier in December 2017, 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. 

Supreme Court said the supervisory body, appointed by it has found that out of 241 cases, 186 cases were closed without investigation

The 1984 riots, which had erupted after the assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, had claimed the lives of about 3,000 people across India.