The Delhi government today informed the state Assembly that it had formed a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.
“The Delhi government formed an SIT on the 1984 riots. We will provide lawyers to victims in 1984 Sikh riot cases,” ANI quoted Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal as saying.
“We will co-operate fully with the Centre on this. We will keep providing help to the victims of 1984 riots,” Kejriwal further said.
The House also passed a resolution seeking justice to the victims of the riots and action against Congress leader Jagdish Tytler for allegedly influencing a witness in a case relating to the riots.
“Commissions were set up and everybody knew who are the culprits… But witnesses were bought, cases were closed and some turned hostile. If strict punishment was given to rioters in 1984, then no one would have dared to attempt 2002 riots,” the chief minister said.
A total of 3,325 people were killed in the riots. Of them, Delhi alone accounted for 2,733 and the rest were killed in Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and other states.
The resolution was tabled by AAP MLA Jarnail Singh.
In the resolution, Singh demanded the House to take immediate action against Tytler. He further requested for registration of a case against Tytler. The resolution was passed by the house.
Kejriwal said during its first stint, the AAP government had announced an SIT to probe the riot cases but the probe team could not be made functional as he had resigned after remaining in power for 49 days.
Earlier on Tuesday, the AAP had accused the Centre of not being serious in pursuing the 1984 riots cases. AAP had said if the Narendra Modi government does not take steps to initiate action against Tytler in the wake of fresh evidence that has emerged, the party will itself to take the issue to its logical end, reported PTI.
Singh had said a resolution will be introduced in Delhi Assembly, condemning the riots, to pay homage to the victims and to work to “ensure” justice to those affected. Singh had also furnished a document claiming to be a statement of Abhishek Verma, one of the accused in a Navy war room leak case, before the CBI.
“The statement says that Tytler tried to send money to prime witness, who was in Canada, in the (Pulbangash) case.
“He should be booked under section 193 and 195A of the IPC for influencing and bribing witness. This is also a case of money laundering. Still the CBI says there is no FIR in the case. This also shows that the Narendra Modi government is not serious in pursuing the case,” Singh had said earlier.
The CBI on 26 June had told a Delhi court that no fresh FIR has been lodged against Tytler, who has been a given clean chit in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case. Allegations of influencing witness and hawala transaction had surfaced from Verma’s statement.
“Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal, a Minister in the Modi cabinet and a Shiromani Akali Dal leader, should also quit as the party claims to be the championing the Sikh cause,” Singh had said.
The party had also alleged that the SIT formed by the Centre to look into anti Sikh riot cases that could be re-opened has not been doing any effective work.
(With inputs from PTI)