'Ensure Punishment to Perpetrators of 1984 Riots'

New Delhi
'Ensure Punishment to Perpetrators of 1984 Riots'
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Ahead of the 28th anniversary of the anti-Sikh riots, a group of prominent citizens today demanded that the perpetrators be punished and cases be reinvestigated by a SIT monitored by the Supreme Court.

The group, including Justice V R Krishna Iyer, Fali Nariman, Justice Ajit Singh Bains, Justice Rajinder Sachar, veteran journalist Kuldip Nayar, Shanti Bhushan and Prashant Bhushan, said the trials be conducted in fast track courts and the Supreme Court through a special investigation team should monitor the proceedings.

"Ensure punishment to the culprits, who are responsible for killing innocent citizens, and for this purpose reopen and reinvestigate all those cases which have been closed by the police or which have resulted in acquittal due to faulty investigation or non production of material witnesses," they said in an open letter.

The signatories also demanded that these cases should be reinvestigated by a special investigation team to be constituted by officers from outside Delhi Police and the investigation should be monitored by the Supreme Court.

They said even seven years after the Nanavati Commission report, no action has been taken against the accused. Scope of investigation must be enlarged to cover all those states where Sikhs were killed in November 1984 but not reported.

They also demanded that a law dealing with communal and sectarian violence must be immediately enacted.
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