’84 riots: Panel to lodge complaint against Kamal Nath
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Ferozepur, April 10
The November ‘84 Carnage Justice Committee has decided to lodge a complaint against Union Minister Kamal Nath in the court of judicial magistrate in New Delhi for his alleged involvement in the 1984 riots and damaging of gurdwara properties after the assassination of the then Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi.
While stating this here today, HS Phoolka, a member of the committee and a Supreme Court advocate, said a New York-based organisation, Sikhs for Justice, had already filed a suit in the US Federal District Court, against Nath for his alleged role in the 1984 riots.
“As justice has been denied so far to the victims of the riots, the committee has decided to launch criminal proceedings against Nath,” said Phoolka, adding that the committee had enough evidence to establish the role of Nath in the whole episode in the court of law.
When asked that why the committee was lodging the complaint about 25 years after the riots took place and when the Nanavati Commission had recommended no action against Nath, Phoolka said the committee was unsparing of those whose involvement in the 1984 riots was found.
He said there were statements by riot victims against him (Nath) before the Nanavati and Mishra commissions, which probed the riots. “Moreover when action has been initiated against Sajjan Kumar, then why Nath should be allowed to go scot-free,” he asked.
Phoolka said he had also made an appeal to all the Sikh organisations, including the SGPC and DSGMC, and human rights organisations to come on a common platform so that the fight for justice for the riot could be executed effectively.
In reply to a question, he said it was a blot on Indian democracy that successive governments of Punjab had been allowing a section of police officials, who were convicted by various courts for extra- constitutional killings of innocent Sikh youths and others under the garb of fighting terrorism, to serve the department.