1984 Riots: Rahul Gandhi in trouble, Delhi LG supports AAP's demands

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Sikh Riots
New Delhi, Feb 10: Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi, who ignited controversy over 1984 riots, might land in a serious trouble ahead of Lok Sabha election which is due by May 2014. Now, the Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung extended his support to the demand raised by Arvind Kejriwal and his party -- Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

Kejriwal and his government in Delhi earlier had recommended to the LG to set up a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the 1984 anti-Sikh riots with a time frame of one year to submit its report. The modalities of the SIT probe were approved in Thursday's Cabinet meeting.

Education and PWD Minister of Delhi -- Manish Sisodia was quoted as saying, "The Cabinet decided that for investigation in the 1984 riots cases, the government will recommend to Lt Governor Najeeb Jung the formation of a SIT. Under the SIT probe, all those cases which were closed or shown untraced would be re-opened, re-investigated and if need arises fresh FIRs would also be filed."

In those cases where probe have been completed, charge sheets would be filed

Continuing his statement, Sisodia also added, "In those cases where investigations have been completed, charge sheets would be filed."

The minister also said that police officers from outside Delhi would be given the responsibility to conduct the inquiry.

"Delhi police have been kept out of the SIT as many questions have been raised about their role in the case," he added.

Elaborating on the terms of reference of SIT, Sisodia said besides re-opening of FIRs, it would also inquire into allegations of destruction of evidence by police.

"The 1984 anti-Sikh riot is a black spot in the history of Delhi. According to official records, 2,733 people were killed in the riots. As many as 587 FIRs were filed, out of which 241 were either closed or no action was taken," asserted Sisodia.

"The Nanavati Commission opened four cases, but nothing significant has happened so far. Many commissions raised question over the role of police, saying they tampered with the evidences," said Sisodia while concluding his statement.

Entire controversy over the infamous anti-Sikh riots was raked up by Rahul Gandhi who during an interview with a TV news channel said a few Congress leaders might be involved in the riots. Soon after his interview, a group of Sikh people held massive protests in Delhi demanding actions against those guilty Congress leaders.

OneIndia News
(With agency inputs)

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