Delhi High Court Grants Extension for SIT Report in 1984 Anti-Sikh Riots Case Involving Kamal Nath

ByTV10 Punjab

Feb 7, 2024
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In a significant development, the Delhi High Court has granted additional time to the Special Investigation Team (SIT) to submit a status report regarding a petition seeking action against Congress leader Kamal Nath for his alleged involvement in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case. The court adjourned the case, setting the next hearing for April 23.

Justice Swaran Kanta Sharma was apprised that the SIT, formed by the Union Home Ministry following a petition filed by BJP’s Manjinder Singh Sirsa, has yet to file its status report. The High Court had earlier directed the SIT to submit the report on January 27, 2022.

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During Tuesday’s proceedings, the SIT’s lawyer requested additional time from the court, citing the need to thoroughly examine newly discovered records before presenting the status report. The case in question revolves around a riotous mob’s attack on Gurdwara Rakabganj Sahib in Delhi.

Congress leader Kamal Nath, facing allegations in this matter, has consistently denied any wrongdoing. The genesis of the case dates back to 1984 when Sirsa filed an FIR at the Parliament Marg police station. The SIT, handling the case, has appealed for directives to take appropriate action against Kamal Nath. Notably, five individuals implicated in the case allegedly sought refuge at Kamal Nath’s residence.

The delay in the submission of the SIT’s status report has sparked heightened anticipation and speculation about the potential ramifications of their findings. This case is of historical significance, as it delves into one of the darkest chapters in the country’s history, the aftermath of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

The adjournment of the case to April 23 underscores the complexity and sensitivity surrounding the investigation. It provides the SIT with a crucial extension to ensure a thorough examination of the evidence and an exhaustive presentation of their findings.

As the legal proceedings unfold, the demand for justice and accountability resonates, not only for the victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots but also for the broader societal narrative seeking closure on historical injustices. The case against Kamal Nath serves as a focal point in this pursuit of justice, testing the legal system’s ability to address crimes from the past and deliver a verdict that aligns with the principles of truth and justice.

The coming weeks will likely witness heightened scrutiny and anticipation as the legal saga continues. The adjournment offers both the prosecution and defense an extended period to prepare their cases, ensuring a comprehensive examination of the facts surrounding Kamal Nath’s alleged involvement in the tragic events of 1984.