1984 anti-Sikh riots: SC orders new SIT to probe 186 closed cases

RSTV Bureau

File Photo of Supreme Court of India building in New Delhi.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday said it would constitute a fresh three-member SIT, to be headed by a former high court judge, to monitor probe into the 186 anti-Sikh riot cases that followed the assassination of former prime minister Indira Gandhi in 1984.

The court’s observation came after it perused the report of the supervisory body, which it had appointed.

The report said that out of 241 cases, 186 cases had been closed without any investigation.

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

The bench, also comprising Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY 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 that the retired police officer shall not be below the rank of DIG at the time of his superannuation.

(With inputs from PTI)