NEW DELHI—A three member bench of Indian Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Dipak Mishra on January 11 constituted a Special Investigation Team to re-probe 186 cases pertaining to Sikh genocide. Former High Court Judge Justice N.N. Dhingra, IPS Officer of Himachal Pradesh Cadre Mr. Abhishek Dular and a retired officer Rajdeep Singh of Inspector General Rank have been appointed in this SIT.
The Supreme Court has directed the SIT to submit status report within two months while deferring next hearing onto March 19.
Supreme Court’s move has come in response to a petition lodged by DSGMC member Gurlad Singh Kahlon, who is being legally represented by senior advocate Arvind P Datar in the Court.
It is learnt that the Union government of India had endorsed names of many officers to be included in SIT but the Supreme Court’s bench expressed distrust in all these names as the centre appointed SIT had filed closure report on all these cases without further probing them.
The Supreme Court bench comprising Justice Dipak Mishra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandarchood said that they have observed that the centre appointed SIT didn’t further investigate these 186 cases of Sikh genocide and submitted closure report.
Sikh24 has learnt that the SIT’s head Justice (Retired) N.N. Dhingra had addressed death sentence to genocide culprits Kishori Lal and another one while acting as a Judge of trial Court in a genocide case in 2001. Kishori Lal’s death sentence maintained by the Delhi High Court also but the Supreme Court had commuted his death sentence to life imprisonment.