The Supreme Court on Wednesday set up a three-member committee, headed by a retired High Court judge, for re-investigation of the 186 cases in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case that were closed by an SIT earlier.
A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice DY Chandrachud ordered the constitution of the new SIT -- comprising a serving Indian Police Service officer and a retired one -- on receipt of a report by a supervisory committee that said that of the 241 cases closed by the earlier SIT, 186 were closed without further investigation.
The name of the retired High Court Judge to head the new SIT and of the two officers will be finalised on Thursday.
The 242 cases were scrutinised by the supervisory committee comprising former Supreme Court Justices J.M. Panchal and K.S. Radhakrishnan.
Rampaging mobs had killed around 3,000 Sikhs in Delhi and elsewhere across India in the aftermath of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's assassination by two of her security guards on October 31, 1984, in the national capital. The official figures of Sikhs killed was around 2,800.