In a 1984 anti-Sikh riot case, a Delhi court today directed India’s foremost investigating agency, CBI, to reply on the allegation that Congress leader Jagdish Tytler tried to influence a witness, for which the agency has filed a closure report.
Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate S.P.S. Laler, sought the CBI’s response on the statement recorded by the agency of jailed businessman Abhishek Verma, during their further investigation of the riots case. The court, which was hearing arguments on the agency’s closure report, filed in the case against Tytler, has now fixed the matter for June 26.
Senior advocate H.S. Phoolka, who was representing the riots victims during the hearing, told the court that Verma, in his statement, had told the CBI, that Mr. Tytler had allegedly struck a deal with Surinder Kumar Granthi, who was a prime witness in the case and had deposed against the Congress leader about his involvement in the case.
“As per the deal, hefty amount was paid to Surinder (who has died) besides settling his son Narinder Singh abroad. He (Tytler) also told me (Verma) that he had mounted pressure on Narinder, who in turn was to pressurise his father Surinder to change his statement in favour of Jagdish Tytler,” Verma had told the CBI.
Verma, in a statement made in 2010, had said that Mr. Tytler had sent Rs 5 crore to his sister, who lives in Canada. The money was sent through hawala, and when the amount reached the account of a trust, it was frozen by the concerned bank.