New Delhi, Dec 24: Ahead of Delhi Assembly polls, the Modi Government on Tuesday set up a committee to examine the possibility of constitution of a Special Investigation Team to reinvestigate case of 1984 riots.
The Committee, headed by former Supreme Court Judge Justice (retired) G.P. Mathur, will submit its report within three months, media reports said. This two-member committee formed by the Union Home Ministry will decide whether an SIT can be formed to look into 1984 riot cases again.
The move could spell trouble for Congress leaders like Sajjan Kumar and Jagdish Tytler who alleged to have played role in inciting and directing mobs during anti-Sikh riots.
Explaining its move to form committee, the Home Ministry said that it has been receiving large number of complaints from different associations and persons related to 1984 anti-Sikh riots so it decided to form a committee to look into their grievances.
This committee will also oversee the implementation of the payment of enhanced compensation of Rs. 5 lakh to the next of the kin of people who were killed during the riots. The compensation was approved by Modi Government.
While, Justice Nanavati Commission had recommended reopening of only four of 241 cases closed by police, BJP had demanded reinvestigation into all cases related to the 1984 riots.
The move also assumes significance ahead of Delhi Assembly polls as 2,733 victims of the total 3,325 victims of 1984 riots belonged to the national capital.