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1984 anti-Sikh riots: Retired Justice Dhingra to head probe into 186 cases

SNS | New Delhi |

Justice (retired) Shiv Narayan Dhingra will be heading the Special Investigation Team (SIT) that will re-investigate the 186 cases related to 1984 anti-Sikh riots, officials said on Thursday.

Retired IAS officer Rajdeep Singh and IPS officer Avishek Dullar will be other two members of the three-member SIT that will file its interim report within two months, reports said. The court will further hear the matter on March 19.

The development comes a day after a Supreme Court (SC) bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra ordered a re-probe into 186 of the 241 cases that were closed by the SIT and decided to set up a new three-member committee, headed by a retired High Court judge to re-examine the cases.

In February 2015, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs constituted a three-member special investigation team (SIT) to reinvestigate criminal cases filed in Delhi in relation to the 1984 Sikh massacre.

Over two years and three term extensions later, the SIT finally stated in 2017 that it had closed 241 cases and filed charges in just 12 cases.

In August, the Supreme Court set up a panel comprising two former judges to examine the SIT’s decisions to close cases.

Justice SN Dhingra of the Delhi High Court retired in 2011 after putting in about four years in the higher judiciary.

In his more than two-decade-long career in the judicial service, he delivered several important judgments, including in the Parliament attack and the Nitish Katara murder cases.

He headed the Justice Dhingra Commission constituted in May 2015  to probe alleged irregularities in grant of licence(s) by the Department of Town and Country Planning to some companies, including those of Robert Vadra, in Sector 83 of Gurugram for developing commercial colonies.