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MASSACRE OF SIKHS: Justice Mathur for setting-up of SIT in cases were vital evidence has been ignored in anti-sikh roits of 1984

February 01, 2015 03:05 AM
Massacre of the Sikhs 1984

As many as 237 cases needed to be probed afreshsays Phoolka 

NEW DELHI: In a ray of hope for the victims of 1984 anti-Sikh riots, the NDA government is likely to accept the recommendation of Justice (retd) GP Mathur panel to re-investigate many important cases relating to anti-Sikh violence that broke out after the assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. 

Though the official did not elaborate on the cases into which a reinvestigation has been recommended, senior lawyer H S Phoolka, who has been fighting on behalf of the 1984 riot victims, said as many as 237 cases needed to be probed afresh. "These are cases that were closed by the Delhi police and never sent to the court for trial," he told



The former SC judge, in his 45-page report, has also suggested setting up of a Special Investigation Team for the purpose as important evidence in some cases was overlooked according to ToI. 

The Mathur panel, set up in December 2014 following protests from Sikh groups and others about the closure of 1984 riots cases, is learnt to have favoured reinvestigation of many important cases where crucial evidence was overlooked. 

While confirming that the Mathur panel submitted its report last week, sources in the home ministry disclosed to  TOI on Saturday that a final call on its recommendations could be taken only after the Delhi polls, with the model code of conduct currently in force. "However, we are in broad agreement with the points made in the report," said a home ministry functionary. 

Though the official did not elaborate on the cases into which a reinvestigation has been recommended, senior lawyer H S Phoolka, who has been fighting on behalf of the 1984 riot victims, said as many as 237 cases needed to be probed afresh. "These are cases that were closed by the Delhi police and never sent to the court for trial," he told TOI. 

Besides, Phoolka added, two important cases involving Congress leaders Sajjan Kumar and Jagdish Tytler needed to be reinvestigated. He pointed out that as regards the case against Sajjan Kumar, a chargesheet was prepared in 1992 but was never filed in the court. "Also, the Pul Bangash case featuring Tytler, in which the CBI had filed a closure report but was later ordered by the court to reopen the case, needs to be thoroughly reinvestigated," said Phoolka. 

The two-member committee comprising former Supreme Court judge Justice (retired) G P Mathur and joint secretary (judicial) in the home ministry J P Agrawal, was set up by the Central government in December last year to examine the possibility of constitution of a SIT for reinvestigation of 1984 anti-Sikh riot cases. The panel was given a time-frame of three months to finalise its recommendations but was ready with its report in a month. 

As many as 2,733 of the total 3,325 anti-Sikh riot victims compensated by the Centre, belong to the capital. 

BJP had earlier demanded reinvestigation into all cases relating to the 1984 riots. Justice Nanavati Commission, on the other hand, had recommended reopening of only four of the 241 cases closed by police. (Courtsey: TOI)

 

 

 

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