The National Commission for Minorities (NCM) on Friday sent notice to Congress leader Sam Pitroda over his “hua toh hua” remarks on 1984 anti-Sikh riots and directed him to tender an unconditional apology to the Sikh community. Also Read - ‘200% Confident of Victory’: Suvendu Adhikari Says Will Defeat Mamata Banerjee by Over 50,000 Votes in West Bengal Assembly Elections 2021

The notice, issued on a complaint filed by Delhi BJP leader Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga, said that the remarks had hurt the sentiments of the Sikh community. Also Read - West Bengal Assembly Elections 2021: BJP Releases List of 57 Candidates For Phase 1, 2; Suvendu Adhikari to Fight From Nandigram

It said that the Commission had taken the complaint very seriously and noted that the 1984 riots were a blot in the history of mankind. Also Read - West Bengal Assembly Polls 2021: After Dinesh Trivedi, TMC MLA Sonali Guha Hints at Joining BJP

“The Commission directs you to explain your view on the statement. You are also directed to tender an unconditional apology towards the Sikh community immediately,” it said.

Pitroda, who is Chairman of the Indian Overseas Congress, and a close aide of Congress President Rahul Gandhi, had on Thursday said 1984 “hua toh hua” (it just happened) triggering strong criticism from the BJP and the Akali Dal.

He apologised for his remarks on Friday.