The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the Centre to apprise it of the status of investigation conducted by Special Investigation Team (SIT) set up to investigate 1984 anti-Sikh riot cases on a plea seeking court-supervised probe.
A Bench headed by Chief Justice of India T.S. Thakur asked Additional Solicitor-General Pinki Anand about the SIT probe’s status and fixed the matter after two weeks. “Let them give the status of the probe,” CJI Thakur said.
“It is more than 31 years now. Many of the witnesses and even victims have died. There is a need for swiftness in the probe to give solace to the victims,” one of the senior lawyers said.
Chief Justice Thakur asked Ms. Anand to find out what progress has been made.
The PIL has been filed by S. Gurlad Singh Kahlon, pleading that not much progress seemed to have been made by the SIT in the past one year.
Appearing for the petitioner, senior advocate RS Suri contended that the Centre set up the SIT on February 12, 2015. The SIT was to complete the investigation in six months. As this could not be achieved the Centre had given it an extension for one year.
Suri pleaded that the SC monitoring was necessary for expeditious investigation.
The Bench, which included Justices AK Sikri and R Banumathi, asked Additional Solicitor General Pinky Anand to apprise the court of the progress in the SIT probe.
The Bench, however, remarked that the 31-year-old cases would require adequate time. The petitioner has sought SC monitoring of the SIT probe as the Court had done in the 2002 Gujarat riots cases.