The horrid pictures of the 1984 Anti-Sikh riots remain afresh in the minds of those who saw the riots, and whenever the fact that a community that defended the Vedic Brahmanists from the Muslim tyrants, for years, was persecuted due to a political assassination is worth giving a thought to a vast field of aspects the Indian society.
The Supreme Court while hearing a plea pertaining to the investigation and inquiry into the 241 cases pending against the alleged perpetrators found out that the investigations were not held properly.
The petition is filed filed by S Gurlad Singh Kahlon, a member of the Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee, aims to fast-track the process of delivering justice to those who suffered at the hands of the perpetrators.
We recall the name of Indira Gandhi loyalist Mr Jagdish Tytler, who was the main accused in the case, but was granted a clean chit in the case due to lack of conclusive evidence. This happened after a long 20 years after institution of the case against him and others.
The long line of judicial commissions that have been constituted one after the other have been ineffective at administering justice. The common political rhetoric has never gathered around the anti-Sikh riots, thus it saw the rise of the Akalis in Punjab.
Captain Amarinder Singh has ruled, only because of his personal charisma as the one who belongs to the royal family. The Congress, and many national political parties shun the anti-Sikh riots only on the ground, as being a moral retort for the masses, who cherished Indira ji as their supreme leader.
The major national parties, or anybody for that matter would never want the Prime Minister or a Chief Minister assassinated in public. Though, the riots were not a moral retort.
The last commission, or the Special Investigation Team that was constituted closed 186 cases without investigations. The petitioner prayed for justice to the people, and the Court ordered a constitution of a new SIT headed by retired Justices J M Panchal and K S P Radhakrishnan of the Supreme Court to head the new SIT, and look into the closure of 241 cases.
The post apartheid truth type of mode of undoing the acts of barbarianism in the Anti-Sikh riots is one feature that is a feature of the Anti-Sikh riots fact finding path. The State tried to take an active role in the investigation by appointing 10 commissions in the past 27 years, which bore no fruits.
The victims have not been heard, and the way in which the Congress governments gave monetary grants to Punjab in the aftermath of operation blue star, is the only way the State possibly tried to do justice.
Yet the victims voices remain unheard, and the secular fabric needs devoted effort at bringing the perpetrators to justice before it becomes too late.
The newly appointed SIT, must take the cases seriously unless the proverb, justice delayed is justice denied assumes another example.