A bench consisting of Dipak Misra, Chief Justice of India, Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice D Y Chandrachud has decided to reinvestigate the 186 cases related to the 1984 anti-sikh riots saying, “We have perused the report of the supervisory committee. On perusal of the same, we find that the SIT has not done further investigation in respect of 186 cases. Regard being had to the nature of the case, we think it appropriate that a fresh SIT should be constituted for carrying on the further investigation. Pinky Anand, learned Additional Solicitor General appearing on behalf of the Union of India, and H S Phoolka, learned senior counsel appearing on behalf of the petitioner, shall file three names consisting of a former judge of the High Court, a former IPS officer not below the rank of IG or equivalent post, and a presently serving police officer of IPS status available in Delhi for constitution of SIT”.
Last year, in order to examine the decision made by the government appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT) to close the 241 cases related to the riots, the Supreme Court had appointed a supervisory committee comprising of former Supreme Court Judges J M Panchal and K S P Radhakrishnan and given them three months to submit a report on the said matter.