1984 riots: Dhingra panel submits findings to SC

1984 riots: Dhingra panel submits findings to SC

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New Delhi, Jan 15 : Justice Dhingra Committee, probing the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, has submitted its report in the Supreme Court and the Centre said on Wednesday that it would abide by the findings. The panel has said that police, government and prosecution were found lacking in alerting the courts at the right time.

Union government said that it has accepted the findings purportedly pointing to "connivance" of Delhi Police in not filing appeals in cases related to the 1984 riots which erupted after Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her Sikh bodyguards in the wake of 'Operation Bluestar.' Petitioner S Gurlad Singh Kahlon of Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee, told the bench, headed by Chief Justice of India S A Bobde, that the report is crystal clear and some appeals must be filed.

Though 25 years after acquittals, it is a tough task, he asserted. The bench allowed him to file a plea for directions. In another development, apex court allowed parole for four weeks to Balwan Khokhar, a coconvict of Indian National Congress erstwhile MP Sajjan Kumar in a 1984 riots case, for performing last rites and other rituals on demise of his father. (UNI)