The BBC is reporting that The Crown Office has told Strathclyde Police to carry out a new investigation into the murder under double jeopardy legislation introduced last year.
The full report is Here While those unfamiliar with the case may find this background article useful
The solicitor for the Chhokar family has released this statement
PRESS STATEMENT OUTSIDE CROWN OFFICE BY AAMER ANWAR SOLICITOR FOR CHHOKAR FAMILY- FOLLOWING MEETING WITH THE LORD ADVOCATE AND SOLICITOR GENERAL- 26TH JAN 2012
13 years ago as Surjit’s family began their struggle for justice, every step required their sacrifice and suffering.
Surjit was described as Scotland’s Stephen Lawrence, so when two of Stephen’s killers finally faced justice because of the double jeopardy law, the Chhokar family dared to hope that that justice was still possible for Surjit.
The Lord Advocate and Solicitor General have taken important steps today, but there are significant hurdles to cross. The family believe there is a determination to fight for justice.
The Lord Advocate has confirmed today that Strathclyde Police has been instructed to reopen the investigation into the murder of Surjit Singh Chhokar.
Today is a second chance for the Crown Office to do the right thing but also to show there has been a positive change 13 years later.
Surjit’s family will only ever be at peace when there is justice, it is now up to the Lord Advocate and Strathclyde Police to do all that is possible.