Clean chit to Jagdish Tytler in 1984 Sikh riots to be re-examined

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Tytler1A trial court on 4 December rejected Central Bureau of Investigation’s closure in anti-1984 Sikh riots case giving clean chit to Congress leader Jagdish Tytler.

Refusing to accept CBI’s closure report, additional chief metroolitan magistrate Laler ordered the bureau to carry out further probe in the case.

This was CBI’s third CR in the case. The other two which had given a clean chit to Tytler were also rejected by the court. The case refers to riots at Gurudwara Pulbangash in north Delhi where three people were killed on November 1, 1984.

Challenging CBI’s CR, the complainant in the case Lakhvinder Kaur, whose husband was killed in the riots, had filed a plea. On October 30, the court reserved its order after hearing CBI prosecutor and Kaur’s counsel Phoolka’s arguments in the issue of whether to accept the CR or not.

Responding to Kaur’s plea, CBI told the court, “It is submitted if the applicant (complainant) provides (details of) the material witnesses in the interest of justice in the issue, then the CBI is ready to probe based on the additional evidence.”

The CBI had also told the court that “it has no objection” if the matter is deferred to grant time to the applicant “get concrete information and whereabouts of material witnesses”. “We are willing to examine the aforesaid witnesses… as they may be essential for a just decision in the case,” the agency said, in its reply.

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