LONDON: A UK judge has ordered the declassification of documents that are expected to shed further light on Britain’s involvement in Operation Blue Star in 1984, dismissing the British government’s argument that the move could damage diplomatic ties with India.
Judge Murray Shanks, who presided over a three-day hearing of the First Tier Tribunal (Information Rights) in London in March, ruled on Monday that a majority of the files relating to the period must be made public.
The files that must now be released in full include papers on UK-India relations from 1983 to 1985 — covering a meeting between Thatcher and Indira Gandhi’s adviser, L K Jha, the situation in Punjab, Sikh activities and the assassination of Gandhi in October 1984.
The UK cabinet office has until July 11 to appeal against the decision. It said it would be issue its response in due course.