DW BUREAU / Chandigarh
Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal on Saturday appreciated the NDA government and Home Minister Rajnath Singh for their resolve to bring the perpetrators of the 1984 Sikh massacres to book by referring new disclosures in the case against Congress leader Jagdish Tytler to SIT Chairman Justice (retired) S N Dhingra for investigation.
Addressing a press conference here, the SAD president said, “The wheels of justice have finally started moving against Jagdish Tytler as well as other genocide perpetrators. Even the role of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi will be under the scanner for the first time because new evidence links him directly with the Congress leaders who led mobs which butchered Sikhs in Delhi. This is a big victory for the massacre victims who have been waiting for justice for 33 years.” Giving details about the action taken by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Mr Badal said the union government has written to the SIT Chairman to investigate new facts which have emerged after Jagdish Tytler’+ char(39) +’s disclosure to a TV channel that he had travelled with Rajiv Gandhi in a car on November 1, 1984 in specific areas of Delhi where Sikhs were attacked and massacred.
He said the letter to the SIT constituted by the Supreme Court has asked it to probe the disclosures with reference to involvement of Tytler, Kamal Nath, HKL Bhagat and Sajjan Kumar. “It also states that these disclosures might have a relation with 186 cases which are being further investigated by the SIT constituted by the Supreme Court,” he added.
In another development, he said the union government had also given reference to the report of the Nanavati Commission which has recorded that the most number of Sikhs were butchered in areas which Rajiv Gandhi visited on November 1, 1984 immediately after the assassination of his mother and Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on the preceding day.