Kejriwal Seeks Fresh Probe Into 1984 Riots

Kejriwal Seeks Fresh Probe Into 1984 Riots

Kejriwal Seeks Fresh Probe Into 1984 Riots

New Delhi:The Delhi government Thursday recommended the setting up of a special investigation team (SIT) to probe the 1984 anti-Sikh riots in which 2,000 people from the community were killed.

The recommendation will be sent to Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung.

“We have decided to recommend to the Lt. Governor to form an SIT on the killing of Sikhs in the 1984 riots. This is a blot on the history of India,” Delhi minister Manish Sisodia told reporters after a cabinet meeting.

The SIT will be given a year to complete its work from the date of it coming into existence, said a government press release.

Riots broke out in the capital following the assassination of then prime minister Indira Gandhi by her bodyguards Oct 31, 1984.

Sisodia said the SIT should not comprise Delhi Police personnel.

The government proposed that the probe team reopen the cases which have been closed or are not traceable.

It also wants the SIT to inquire into allegations of destruction of evidence, register appropriate cases and investigate the same.

In another development, the Delhi government Thursday asked its anti-corruption bureau to investigate into the alleged irregularities in installing street-lights during the 2010 Commonwealth Games organised under then chief minister Sheila Dikshit.

Acting swiftly, the anti-corruption bureau filed a fresh first information report (FIR) slapping cases under section 420 (cheating) and 120 B (criminal conspiracy) against unknown people.

Officials said Dikshit’s name has not been mentioned in the FIR but it was there in the three-page note given by the Delhi government that mentions that the irregularities took place during the chief minister’s tenure.

In its poll campaign, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) went hammer and tongs against the Congress government over irregularities in conducting the Commonwealth Games.

The AAP promised to send the guilty, including then chief minister Dikshit, behind bars.

“We have asked the anti-corruption bureau to find out why ineligible companies were made eligible and how the purchases (of street-lights) were made at escalated prices,” Delhi minister Manish Sisodia told reporters.

“There was a loss of Rs.31 crore to the exchequer,” he said.

Asked whether there will be a probe against Dikshit, who was in power for 15 years, Sisodia said the probe was not directed towards any individual.

According to an official statement: “There was clear collusion with vendors by some officials and the then chief minister (Dikshit) to cause huge financial loss to the government and wrongful gain to the vendors, contractors and others.”

Citing the “strong findings” of reports by the Comptroller Auditor General of India (CAG) and the prime minister-appointed V.K. Shunglu Committee on the Commonwealth Games, Sisodia said officials of municipal bodies and Delhi government were involved in it.

The items which had market rates of Rs.7,000-Rs.8,000 were purchased at higher rates of up to Rs.31,000, Sisodia said.

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