Former HC judge Dhingra to head SIT to probe 1984 riots

The Supreme Court on Thursday appointed former Delhi High Court judge, Justice S N Dhingra, as head of a special investigation team to further probe 186 cases related to the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

Serving IPS officer (2006 batch) Abhishek Dular and retired special DG, BSF and IPS officer (1979 batch) Rajdeep Singh are the other members of the SIT that would probe the cases earlier ordered to be closed by a SIT appointed by the central government in 2015. The cases pertain to the killings during the riots post assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984.

A three-judge bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud passed the order appointing judge Dhingra and the police officers after a consensus.

Senior advocate H S Phoolka, representing Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee member Gurlad Singh Kahlon, who filed a PIL, and senior advocate Pinky Anand, appearing for the Union government, suggested the names for the panel.

The court asked the new SIT to submit its interim report within two months. It put the mattter for further hearing on March 19.

Dhingra has earlier headed a one-man inquiry commission appointed by Haryana government to probe land deals involving Robert Vadra, son-in-law of former Congress president Sonia Gandhi. He also awarded the death penalty to Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.

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