AAP asks Centre to make SIT on 1984 riots functional

 The Aam Aadmi Party has urged Centre to make functional the Special Investigation team on  1984 anti-Sikh riots set up by the short-lived Arvind Kejriwal government. 

The SIT is non-functional now as there is no elected government in Delhi to order re-investigation of the 1984 cases. But AAP argues that this can be done by the Centre.“The Modi government should immediately make the SIT functional and get these 237 cases reinvestigated,”  advocate H S Phoolka, counsel for the victims' families and an AAP leader, said.

The party also criticised Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal’s statement suggesting implementation of Nanavati Commission’s report on the riot cases.

“The statement of Badal for implementation of Nanavati Commission’s report on the anti-Sikh riots is highly surprising and the AAP disagrees with this decision. The commission had failed to do justice with the riot victims,” Phoolka said in a statement.

‘Cases closed’

“In his report,  Justice  Nanavati had mentioned that 241 cases were closed by Delhi Police and were never sent for trial to courts. However, the report only recommended reopening of four of those cases,” he said.

Phoolka asked the BJP-led government to let the SIT re-investigate the other 237 cases as well.

“Justice Nanavati never recommended reopening of the other 237 cases. Riot victims can only get justice and the guilty would be punished only if these 237 cases are reopened,” he added.

The commission had ordered reopening of cases of riots lodged at Delhi Cantonment, Sultanpuri and Mangolpuri police stations in which Sajjan Kumar and other Congress leaders were accused. 

It had also recommended reopening a case of police station Bara Hindu Rao, lodged against Congress leader Jagdish Tytler and others.

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