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NDA will reinvestigate Tytler's role in riots: SAD

NDA will reinvestigate Tytler's role in riots: SAD

Author: PTI
Publication: The Pioneer
Date: April 3, 2009
URL: http://www.dailypioneer.com/166831/NDA-will-reinvestigate-Tytlers-role-in-riots-SAD.html

The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Thursday alleged that the CBI was "misused" by the Congress in giving a clean chit to Jagdish Tytler in a 1984 anti-Sikh riot case and said the party-backed NDA would reinvestigate the case, if voted to power.

"Influence of Centre on CBI could be gauged from the fact that although the investigating agency submitted a sealed report in the court, the content regarding the proposed clean chit to Tytler was leaked to the media," SAD chief Sukhbir Badal told reporters here.

"It is not CBI's clean chit to Tytler, but a clean chit by Congress, which itself is responsible as main conspirator for anti-Sikh riots and used Tytler as a hit man for the purpose," the deputy chief minister said reacting to CBI filing cancellation report in a Delhi Court today.

"If NDA is voted to power, it will reopen and reinvestigate the case to take it to its logical conclusion."

Criticising Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for "maintaining silence" on the development, Sukhbir said, "it was ironical that when the anti-Sikh riots took place, a Sikh (Giani Zail Singh) was President and now when clean chit was being given to the main accused (Tytler), a Sikh (Manmohan Singh) is Prime Minister.

Raising an accusing finger at Congress he said, "when the Nanawati Commission report was tabled in Parliament, the Congress tried to put it under the carpet. It was only under pressure of NDA that Congress removed Tytler from the Union cabinet."

Asked if the party would project Tytler's case as a poll issue, Sukhbir said, "It's not only an election issue, but a national issue as nation knows, how a person responsible for the massacre of minority community is being overwhelmingly supported by the Union Government"

However, on BJP leader Varun Gandhi's hate speech against Muslims the SAD leader said, his party had always held that nobody had the right to make any derogatory remark against any religion and that such a person should be condemned.

He termed imposition of National Security Act against Gandhi as "unwarranted" and said the SAD had always opposed slapping of

Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal described CBI's move as "outrageous" against all norms of civilized society and said the nomination of Tytler as Congress candidate was nothing but "decorating" him for his alleged involvement in the case.

"The decision of the Congress party to decorate the guilty with party tickets for the Parliamentary elections must have emboldened the investigating agency to go ahead with a clean chit to those responsible for the brutal massacre of Sikhs," he said in a statement.

"I call upon Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to intervene even at this late stage to ensure that the CBI is not allowed to be used as a tool to shield the killers of thousands of innocent men, women and children," he said.

His silence at this hour could prove to be a historic failure to discharge his basic constitutional responsibility," the chief minister said.

The riot victims were being killed a second time through this denial of justice even a quarter of a century after the crime took place."

"This is a highly politically motivated verdict, and one that even a Government headed by a Sikh Prime Minister would find hard to justify. It is a brazen act and really adds insult to the deep Sikh injury."

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