These cases, which have not yet been investigated by a Centre-appointed SIT, will be sent for further investigation to a new SIT headed by a retired high court judge.
In addition to a retired HC judge, the new SIT will have a serving police officer and a retired DIG-level police officer, the SC said.
The apex court took this view after getting a report on the SIT investigation into the 1984 Sikh riot cases from two retired SC judges.
When the Centre constituted the SIT in 2014, a total of 293 Sikh riot cases were entrusted to it. That SIT was to examine the necessity of further investigation into them.
Close to 3,000 people were massacred in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots that were sparked by the assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards.
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