New Delhi: The Ministry of Home Affairs on Monday cleared Shiromani Akali Dal’s (SAD) proposal to reopen the 1984 anti-Sikh riot case against Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath. Also Read - Sonia Gandhi Expresses 'Concern' to Kamal Nath as Infighting Continues in Madhya Pradesh Congress
The approval came after SAD leader and Gurudwara Rakab Ganj Management Committee president Manjinder Sirsa attacked Congress and sought the immediate resignation of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath while addressing a press conference on the 1984 attack in Delhi. Also Read - Kamal Nath Meets Sonia Gandhi Amid MP's Congress Chief Crisis, Says 'Discussion Was Fruitful'
Hitting out at Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Sirsa said that two witnesses were ready to depose before a Special Investigation Team (SIT) whenever they are called. “The FIR 601/84 has been reopened and that names Kamal Nath…We talked to SIT today, they said they will give us a specific date,” he added. Also Read - 'It Appears to be Purely Mala Fide Action', Says Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath on Arrest of Nephew Ratul Puri
Urging the Congress for sacking Nath at the very instant, Sirsa said, “We demand that the Congress president immediately takes resignation of Kamal Nath and oust him from his post so that the Sikhs get justice. We also demand that the two witnesses be given security as they will testify against a CM in connection with a massacre.”
“I believe Kamal Nath will be the only sitting Chief Minister who will be arrested in connection with the 1984 massacre,” the Akali Dal leader further said.
Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh had in August bashed SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal for his statement on former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi accusing him of ordering the Sikh killings.
Operation Blue Star in 1984 that led to the anti-Sikh riots was the biggest internal security mission ever undertaken by the Indian Army against the rise of Khalistan movement. Under the mission, the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had ordered a military operation to remove Sikh militants in Amritsar. At least 492 civilians had lost lives during the Operation.