IN DEPTH: AIR INDIA|
Timeline: The investigation
CBC News Online | March 15, 2005
Nov. 8, 1985:
The RCMP raid the homes of Talwinder Singh Parmar and Inderjit Singh Reyat. They lay various weapons, explosives and conspiracy charges. Police say the arrests are part of their investigation into the Air India disaster. But charges against Parmar are soon dropped for lack of evidence. Reyat is convicted of weapons offences and fined $2,000. No link to Air India is established in court.
Jan. 22, 1986:
Canadian Aviation Safety Board determines a bomb brought down Air India Flight 182.
Inderjit Singh Reyat is arrested in England and charged with making the bomb that exploded at Tokyo’s Narita Airport.
Dec. 13, 1989:
Reyat is extradited to Canada.
Sept. 17, 1990:
Reyat’s trial opens.
May 10, 1991:
Reyat is convicted of two counts of manslaughter and four explosives charges related to the Narita Airport bomb explosion and is sentenced to 10 years.
Oct. 15, 1992:
Indian police announce they have killed Talwinder Singh Parmar in a gun battle in Bombay. (NOTE: CBC Radio would later report evidence Parmar had been in Indian police custody for some time prior to his death and was interrogated about the Air India bombing.)
May 31, 1995:
The RCMP offer a $1-million reward for information leading to a conviction in the Air India disaster.
Dec. 11, 1996:
The RCMP announce charges will be laid in the Air India case within the next few months. Many months pass without charges being laid.
March 11, 1999:
The RCMP say the cost of the Air India investigation has risen to $26 million.
Jan. 26, 2000:
A former CSIS agent tells the Globe and Mail he destroyed 150 hours of taped conversations with Sikh informants rather than turn evidence over to the RCMP. The agent said he feared the Mounties would fail to protect identities of informants.
Oct. 27, 2000:
The RCMP arrest Ripudaman Singh Malik and Ajaib Singh Bagri in connection with the bombing of Air India Flight 182. The charges include 331 counts of first-degree murder.
Jan. 10, 2001:
Ripudaman Singh Malik and Ajaib Singh Bagri are denied bail.
June 4, 2001:
The RCMP arrest Reyat on seven new charges including, murder, attempted murder, conspiracy in the Air India bombing, and the explosion at Tokyo's Narita Airport. Because Reyat was a British citizen already extradited to Canada for his previous trial on the Narita charges, Britain had to agree before these further charges could go ahead. See: Trial timeline