DW BUREAU/ CHANDIGARH
The Sikh community finally got a major reprieve as the Special Investigation Team (SIT) constituted to reinvestigate cases of 1984 Sikh genocide cases has reopened case against Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath. This was stated by the Delhi Sikh Gurudwara President Manjinder Singh Sirsa, General Secretary Harmeet Singh Kalka and other office bearers today.
These Sikh leaders disclosed that SIT has reopened case no. 601/84 registered at Parliament Street Police Station regarding genocide of the sikh community at Gurudwara Rakabganj Sahib. They said that the SIT has published advertisements regarding this and other cases and has invited Individuals, Group of Persons, Associations, Institutions and Organizations to provide information regarding these cases.
Sirsa said that in case no. 601/84 there are two witnesses Mukhtiar Singh and former journalists Sanjay Suri who had filed affidavits before the Nanavati Commission regarding the lead role played by Kamal Nath and Vasant Sathe during the 1984 Sikh genocide. In their affidavits they had briefed how Kamalnath directed the mob (a group of Congress leaders) to assassinate Sikhs in the National Capital. He said that this case was closed due to technical glitch and name of Kamalnath was deliberately kept out of it.
Sirsa disclosed that the Shiromani Akali Dal President Sukhbir Singh Badal and Union Cabinet Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal played a key role in getting fresh notification issued by the Home Ministry authorizing the SIT to probe even those cases in which the trial has been completed or the cases which have been decided by the courts.
After issuing of this notification, he himself (Sirsa) met the SIT Chief and demanded reopening of case No. 601/84 in light of fresh notification and now the SIT has reopened this case no 601/84. He said that earlier Sajjan Kumar was sent to jail and now turn has come of Kamal Nath and same will be fate of
Sirsa and Kalka demanded that in light of action of the SIT to reopen case, Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi should immediately ask Kamalnath to submit resignation from the post of Chief Minister because by virtue of his post he can influence the fresh probe
and threaten witnesses.