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Justice Dhingra to head new SIT for ’1984 anti-Sikh riots cases

New Delhi, Justice SN Dhingra, a former Delhi High Court judge, will head the new Special Investigation Team (SIT) appointed by the Supreme Court to further investigate 186 cases related to the 1984 anti-Sikh riots in Delhi.
Justice Dhingra was a trial judge when punishments were handed out in 1990s to those accused of the 1984 Trilokpuri massacre. Kishori Lal, dubbed the “butcher of Trilokpuri”, was among those sentenced by him.
Almost 3,000 people were killed, most of them in Delhi, in the anti-Sikh riots that broke out following the assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984. A three-judge Bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra formally passed the order to set up the three-member SIT that would also comprise retired IPS officer of IG rank Rajdeep Singh and serving IPS officer Abhishek Dular.
The court finalised the names after the counsel representing petitioner Gurnad Singh Kahlon agreed to the names suggested by Additional Solicitor General Pinky Anand.
While directing the government to provide all logistical and secretarial support to the SIT, the Bench asked it to submit its first status report in two months and posted the matter for further hearing on March 19. On behalf of the riot victims, senior advocate HS Phoolka too submitted a list of names for the three-member SIT but the court made it clear that it would go by the names suggested by the government.
The Bench had on Wednesday said the previous SIT had not carried out further probe into these 186 cases in which closure reports were filed. The top court had taken the decision after perusing the report of a two-judge supervisory panel that scrutinised 241 cases related to the anti-Sikh riots in Delhi closed by an earlier SIT formed by the NDA government for re-investigation.
Submitted on December 6, the report of the supervisory committee comprising Justice JM Panchal and Justice KSP Radhakrishnan was perused by the court for the first time on Wednesday.