The Supreme Court today said it would constitute a fresh three-member SIT, to be headed by a former high court judge, to monitor probe into 186 anti-Sikh riot cases, that followed the assassination of former prime minister Indira Gandhi in 1984, in which investigations were closed.
A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra asked the Centre to suggest names today itself for its consideration and appointment in the proposed Special Investigation Team (SIT).
The Bench said the three-member SIT would be headed by a former High Court judge and have a former IPS officer not below or who is equivalent to the rank of an IG and a serving IPS officer, all available in Delhi.
The apex court said the supervisory body, appointed by it has found that out of 241 cases, 186 cases had been closed without investigation. The top court also examined the report of the supervisory body which was submitted before it in a leather box with number lock system. The supervisory body, which had submitted the final report, comprised former apex court judges Justice JM Panchal and Justice KSP Radhakrishnan.
The apex court will pass orders on Thursday, 11 January regarding the names of officers who could be included in the three-member committee, for re-investigation of the cases.
On August 16 last year, the court decided to independently examine the investigation records of the 241 cases and confirm that there was nothing more to do on them.
The Centre had earlier said that out of the 250 cases which were investigated by the SIT, closure reports were filed in 241.
It had said that nine cases were still being investigated by the SIT, while two are being probed by the Central Bureau of Investigation.
The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal hailed the Supreme Court's decision to constitute a fresh Special Investigation Team (SIT) saying that 'It was of utmost importance to speed up the investigation and bring the guilty to books.'
The anti-Sikh riots took place after the assassination of the then prime minister Indira Gandhi. A total of 3,325 people were killed in the 1984 riots. Delhi alone accounted for 2,733 deaths, while the rest occurred in Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and other States.