August 10, 2020 | 8:02 AM IST
1984 riot case

MP CM Kamal Nath to face fresh probe as home ministry reopens 1984 riot case

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath will face fresh inquiry in the anti-Sikh riot case after the Union home ministry on Monday gave a nod to reopen it.  The Special Investigative Team (SIT) will consider fresh evidence against the senior Congress leader.
The ministry’s decision came just days after Nath’s nephew and businessman Ratul Puri was arrested.
Nath will face the trial for instigating a mob near the Rakabganj Gurudwara during the 1984 anti-Sikh riots in Delhi and giving shelter to five accused in one of the seven cases.

Last year, the Delhi High Court had upheld the conviction of 88 people in connection with the riots. Its decision came two years after the Centre decided to set up an SIT to probe the 220+ closed cases linked to the riots, which former Home Minister Rajnath Singh had described as "genocide".
Akali Dal leader Manjinder S Sirsa expressing his happiness tweeted, “A big Victory for @Akali_Dal _SIT Opens case against @OfficeOfKNath for his alleged involvement in 1984 Sikh genocide. Notification issued by MHA upon my submission last year, Case number 601/84 to reopen and consider fresh Evidence against Kamal Nath.

Earlier Nath was given the benefit of the doubt by the commission investigating it.

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