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CBI gives clean chit to Tytler in anti-Sikh riots case

CBI gives clean chit to Tytler in anti-Sikh riots case

Author: PTI
Publication: The Pioneer
Date: April 2, 2009.
URL: http://www.dailypioneer.com/166824/CBI-gives-clean-chit-to-Tytler-in-anti-Sikh-riots-case.html

In a reprieve for former Union Minister Jagdish Tytler, CBI on Thursday gave him a clean chit in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case and informed a Delhi court that it wanted to close the matter.

CBI counsel Sanjay Kumar told Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Rakesh Pandit that "We have filed the cancellation report in the matter and we want to close the investigation."

Earlier, the court ordered the opening of the sealed envelope containing the final investigation report, filed on March 28 and other status reports submitted by the CBI during the probe.

The case against 65 year-old Tytler, who has been declared Congress candidate from Delhi's northeast seat for the Lok Sabha polls, relates to an incident on November one, 1984, when a mob had set afire Gurudwara Pulbangash killing three persons in the riots that had broken out after the assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

Reacting to the CBI move, Tytler said, "Right from the beginining I had said this was a frame-up...I was innocent and the truth has come out. Let people say what they want to. I want to just close the chapter."

H S Phoolka, counsel for Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee, raised objections over the alleged leak of the report on Tytler who had claimed innocence in the case.

"CBI seems to be hand in gloves with the accused who claims that he has been given clean chit," he said.

The court now fixed the matter for April nine. Earlier, the probe agency had on September 29, 2007, sought to close the case against Tytler. But the court had on December 19, 2007, asked it to file the investigation report after Jasbir Singh, a witness, surfaced and expressed his willingness to depose against the Congress leader.

A group of Sikhs demonstrated outside the court premises protesting against the clean chit given by CBI to Tytler.

During the proceedings before the court, the CBI raised objection over Phoolka's plea seeking inspection of the investigation report.

Phoolka asserted that he should be allowed to inspect the report as there was no complainant in the case and it was registered on the information of a police inspector.

The CBI, which had on September 29, 2007, sought to close the case against Tytler, had made Suresh Paniwala, a part of the the mob, an accused in the case.

The court, however, had rejected the closure report and ordered re-investigation in the case.

The case against the Congress leader was registered by the CBI on the directions of the Nanavati Commission, before whom California-based Jasbir Singh, a witness, had deposed alleging he had overheard Tytler making a comment with regard to killing of Sikhs in his erstwhile constituency (Delhi Sadar) on the night of November three, 1984.

The CBI, which had given Tytler the clean chit after it could not trace witness Singh, later sent its officials to the USA to record the statements of ten witnesses including Jasbir Singh.


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