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New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday said his government will examine the legality of a special team formed by the central government to probe the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

He said his government would also explore the possibility of forming a new Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the killings.

Over 2,700 people were killed in the anti-Sikh riots following the assassination of then prime minister Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984. Most killings took place in Delhi.

Quoting his party colleague and lawyer HS Phoolka, Kejriwal said the central government does not have the power to form an SIT.

“I will get it examined whether the Delhi government can form an SIT and if the SIT formed by the central government is illegal”, he said.

The issue was raised by Aam Aadmi Party member Phoolka at a Delhi government function in Tilak Nagar where the families of anti-Sikh riots were given an enhanced compensation of Rs 5 lakh.

“To prevent me from forming an SIT, they constituted an SIT a day before the formation of my government,” Kejriwal said.

The AAP took power on February 14 this year after winning 67 of the 70 assembly seats.

In its previous tenure in 2013-14, the AAP government had ordered an SIT probe but it did not come through as Kejriwal resigned as chief minister.

(IANS)

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Petrol Prices On The Reverse Trend For The Last 13 Days: Prices Fall

Both in Delhi and Kolkata, diesel prices in the fortnight have declined

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Petrol Prices On The Reverse Trend For The Last 13 Days: Prices Falls
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Domestic petrol prices, which had hit record levels for 16 consecutive days in May, have been on the reverse trend for the last 13 days, including Monday, but the relief for consumers has been slow in coming.

The pace of decline has been less than half the rate of surge.

Percentage-wise, since May 30, when prices started to take a downturn, petrol prices have slipped 2.35 per cent in Delhi, compared to the 5.5 per cent in the previous 16 days.

In absolute terms, prices have gone down by Rs 1.85 a litre since May 30, compared to the increase of Rs 3.8 per litre in the during May 14-29. On Monday, fuel was sold at Rs 76.58 per litre in the national capital, down 20 paise from Sunday’s level, the IndianOil Corp’s website showed.

In Mumbai, where petrol prices were the highest in the country last month, the decline has been much slow at Rs 1.23 per litre so far, against the rise of Rs 3.76 a litre during May 14-29.

On Monday, petrol price in Mumbai was Rs 84.41 per litre against Rs 84.61 on Sunday. Similarly, in Kolkata and Chennai, the fuel was sold at Rs 79.25 and Rs 79.48 respectively.

In Kolkata and Chennai too, the decline has been Rs 1.81 and Rs 1.65 per litre in the last 13 days, around 50 per cent of the previous rate of increase.

In tandem with petrol prices, diesel too has seen a decline, but of only around 2 per cent in all the major cities including Delhi, compared to over 5 per cent rise in the previous fortnight.

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Petrol station, flickr

Both in Delhi and Kolkata, diesel prices in the last 13 days have declined by Rs 1.36, and in Mumbai and Kolkata, the fall was of Rs 1.44 and Rs 1.45 per litre respectively.

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On Monday, prices of the fuel in Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Chennai were at Rs 67.95, Rs 70.50, Rs 72.35 and Rs 71.73 per litre, respectively. (IANS)