Home Ministry to set up SIT in a week to probe 1984 riots cases


New Delhi: The Home Ministry will set up a Special Investigation Team or SIT within a week to probe the closed cases of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, sources have told the media. The SIT, sources add, will be headed by a judge.

The decision to have a re-look at the cases Delhi Police closed even before they could reach courts was taken by the Home Ministry last week, before elections were held in Delhi. A formal announcement is yet to be made.

However, the decision had come under fire from the opposition. Both the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party had questioned its timing and called it a gimmick ahead of the Delhi elections.

“The riots called for deep analysis and research. The Aam Aadmi Party had formed a SIT but as soon as our government was removed from power, the Union government put the idea in cold storage,” AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal had said before the elections. His party won 67 of the 70 seats in Delhi, a record margin.