Sikh Genocide: SC to form fresh SIT to monitor probe into 186 cases


New Delhi:  Indian 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, in which investigations were closed.A bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra asked the Centre to suggest names on Wednesday itself 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 would 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 should not be below the rank of DIG at the time of his superannuation.The apex court said the supervisory body appointed by it had found that out of 241 cases, 186 cases were closed without investigation.The apex court perused the report of the supervisory body which was submitted before it in a leather box with number lock system.

The Bench posted the matter for a formal order on Thursday after Additional Solicitor General Pinky Anand sought a day’s time to suggest the names for the fresh SIT. The Bench also asked senior advocate HS Phoolka to suggest names for the SIT on Thursday.


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