1984 Sikh massacre probe: Delegation meets President of India Kovind over notifying name of SIT member

A delegation consisting of former Indian Army chief J J Singh and BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi, Supreme Court of India senior advocate Rupinder S Suri, Rajasthan additional advocate general Gurcharan S Gill and former MLA R P Singh, met the President of India Ram Nath Kovind Tuesday and requested him to ask the Supreme Court of India to immediately notify the name of third member of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) formed to supervise probe into the 1984 anti-Sikh massacre cases, as per a report by PTI.

In 1984, a large number of Sikhs were killed in the Indian capital and in other parts of the country in the aftermath of former prime minister of India Indira Gandhi’s assassination by her Sikh bodyguards.

“The SIT which was suppose to give its report within two to three months is not able to function in absence of a member and we have gone to give the representation to the President of India that there should be an immediate notification to name the member,” Lekhi said.

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In the letter, the delegation emphasized that he ass the apex court to immediately notify the name of third member of the Special Investigation Team formed to monitor further probe into 186 anti-Sikh massacre cases of 1984 mainly in Delhi and other states.

“We, the concerned citizens are making this fervent appeal to you for your urgent intervention as the things have indeed come to a very sorry pass,” the letter, signed by Lekhi, Singh, Suri and Gill, said.

The SIT has been empowered to examine afresh evidence in cases which had even been closed. The constitution of the new SIT, however, was delayed as a former IPS officer refused to be its member.

(with inputs from agencies)

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