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Supreme Court to re-examine all 241 anti-Sikh riot cases of 1984

In a significant development, the Supreme Court has announced that it would be reexamining all the 241 anti-Sikh riot cases of 1984. It may be recalled that these cases were earlier closed by Delhi police and most recently by the Special Investigating Team (SIT). The Supreme Court has taken the decision to reexamine the cases since it wants to ensure that all the culprits should be punished for their heinous crimes and should not be allowed to go scot free. To reexamine the closed cases, the Supreme Court has appointed two of its retired judges.

The SIT was formed in 2015 and it was asked to reopen all cases that were earlier closed by Delhi Police. The Delhi Police had closed the cases since it could not find any strong evidence in the cases. Even the SIT could not find anything substantial and had recommended the closure of 241 cases. However, the Supreme Court has now decided that it would let its retired judges to reexamine the cases. The decision was taken by a Supreme Court bench comprising Justices Dipak Misra, Amitava Roy and A M Khanwilkar. The retired judges will look into the reports filed by the SIT and try to assess if there were any strong evidences in the cases that could have been used for prosecution. They will then prepare their own report and submit to the Supreme Court within 3 months.

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