1984 Anti-Sikh riots: Former SC Judges Justice J M Panchal and Justice K S P Radhakrishnan to examine the SIT report

Supreme Court: The bench of Dipak Misra, CJ, Amitava Roy and AM Khanwilkar, JJ named Justice J M Panchal and Justice K S P Radhakrishnan, as members of the supervisory body to examine the decision of the SIT to close 199 cases relating to the 1984 anti-Sikh riots and to express the view whether there was justification to close the cases.

The supervisory body will start functioning from 05.09.2017 and will submit it’s report within 3 months. The Court also asked the Union of India to provide requisite assistance to the body.

The SIT that had, in it’s report suggested the closing of 199 1984 riots related case, was headed by Pramod Asthana, an IPS officer of 1986 batch, and had Rakesh Kapoor, a retired district and sessions judge and Kumar Gyanesh, an additional deputy commissioner of Delhi Police, as its members.

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

Source: PTI

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