In an effort to hold the chief minister of Madhya Pradesh Kamal Nath accountable for his alleged involvement in the 1984 Anti-Sikh riots, the Akali Dal has now written to the Special Investigation Team (SIT) to reopen the case.
Akali Dal's Manjinder Singh Sirsa told Republic TV that Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal took the matter to the Home Ministry, thus allowing SIT to re-open and launch a re-investigation in the case.
He said, "The trial was concluded against five people, Kamal Nath was not included in that FIR and SIT was unable to open the case because they were not given that mandate. After my representation before the Home Ministry, Harsimrat Kaur Badal took up the issue with the Home Minister and then the Home Ministry passed a new order which says that now SIT has given a permission to reopen, reinvestigate all those cases where the trial has been concluded, there is an acquittal or sentence, the SIT can reopen the cases."
Taking charge of the case, the Akali Dal will be meeting with the Chairman of SIT on Thursday afternoon, and provide the details of the eye-witnesses.
He said, "Yesterday we got a call from the SIT and today we are supposed to give them a representation, we will be meeting the Chairman of SIT by 2 PM, we will give him the details of all witnesses, and we will request him to immediately to book Kamal Nath, record the statements of the witnesses and also arrest Kamal Nath and immediately file a chargsheet before the Court so the trial can be carried on."
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Republic Media Network had conducted a sting operation, wherein an eye witness to the incident, Mukhtiyar Singh, spoke on hidden camera that the chief minister of Madhya Pradesh incited violence and instigated people to kill, saying 'they killed our mother'
He said, "He got a mob to burn. He had a lot of people with him. He was inciting the mob. He made noise and said 'maaro, they killed our mother,' he said maaro."
In a press release by the Akali Dal on June 19, the party said the following:
"Disclosing this here today to party President Sukhbir Singh Badal after a meeting with the home secretary yesterday evening, Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) president Manjinder Singh Sirsa said the SIT has called the DSGMC to submit the name of witnesses and other evidence to it tomorrow. The SIT, which was formed in 2015 by the NDA government, is empowered to examine fresh evidence in the 1984 massacre cases which were closed earlier.
Stating that the Sikh community had moved one step closer to exposing the role of Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath in the 1984 genocide, Mr Sukhbir Badal asked DSGMC chief Manjinder Singh Sirsa to request the SIT to record the statements of noted journalist Sanjay Suri and Muktiar Singh, who had already disclosed Nath’s role in leading murderous mobs in 1984.
Mr Sirsa briefed the SAD President that in case of the dastardly attack on two Sikhs in Mukerjee Nagar recently; the home ministry had asked for a report from the Delhi police. He said subsequently a case under Sections 247/19 had been registered against all the cops who had resorted to inhuman conduct against the father and son duo.
Disclosing about other issues, Mr Sirsa said the home ministry also disclosed that it would file a review petition in the case of ten persons who had been acquitted with regard to the 1984 massacre. He said the ministry had meanwhile assured to consider other demands submitted to it including formation of a special court for day to day trial of all the cases of 1984 genocide and appointment of the President of the Sri Hazur Sahib, Nanded through election by members of its Board."