1984 anti-Sikh riots: Kejriwal meets L-G over demands for SIT probe

Written by | January 29, 2014 | 0

New Delhi Jan 29: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday met Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung regarding a SIT probe into the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

The meeting comes amidst furore over an interview given by Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi to a television news channel where he refused to apologise for the riots.

“First of all, I wasn’t involved in the riots at all. It wasn’t that I was a part of it,” Rahul replied when asked whether he would apologise.

The interview has now fuelled the demands for a SIT probe into the violence during which thousands of Sikh men and women were killed.

Senior Supreme Court lawyer HS Phoolka, who fought cases for the anti-Sikh riots victims, said, “If Congress supports SIT in Gujarat riots, then why not SIT for 1984 riots? What could be a better proof of the involvement of the government?”

The Bharatiya Janata Party too flayed Rahul for suggesting that Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi abetted the 2002 riots.

“Nine SIT investigations took place and they found no evidence. In spite of that, if Rahul is saying that, I can only say it’s a command performance of lies, evasion and failing to own up unaccountability,” BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said.

Only 28 people have been convicted in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots so far.

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