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1984 riots: SC refuses to hear Tytler's plea

PTI  New Delhi, July 12, 2013
First Published: 12:45 IST(12/7/2013) | Last Updated: 16:24 IST(12/7/2013)

The Supreme Court on Friday refused to entertain Congress leader Jagdish Tytler's plea seeking a stay on an order of the trial court directing the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to conduct further probe into his alleged role in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case.

The case relates to the killing of three persons - Badal Singh, Thakur Singh and Gurcharan Singh - near Gurudwara Pulbangash in north Delhi in riots that erupted following the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

A bench headed by justice P Sathasivam said the apex court should not interfere in the matter at this stage because the case was pending in the Delhi high court, which is scheduled to hear it on September 18.

Sensing the mood of the bench, senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi agreed to withdraw the petition, which was allowed by the court.

Tytler had approached the apex court challenging the high court's July 3 order refusing to grant interim stay on the trial court's order.

The high court had refused to stay the probe saying, "Only investigation is ordered and this court will not stop the investigation."

Tytler had on May 30 moved the high court challenging the trial court order setting aside the CBI's closure report giving him a clean chit in the 29-year-old case and directing the probe agency to examine eyewitnesses and people claiming to have information about the riots.

Tytler, in his plea before the high court, had said the trial court order was contrary to the code of criminal procedure (CrPC). The method and mode of investigation by a probe agency is the absolute prerogative of the agency and it is not for the court to direct the agency on which witness should be examined by it, he had said.

The trial court's order for further investigation had come on a plea by the riot victims against the CBI giving a clean chit to Tytler and filing the closure report.

The CBI had sought dismissal of a plea filed by a victim before the trial court, saying the probe has made it clear that Tytler was not present on November 1, 1984, at Gurudwara Pulbangash where the three people were killed.

Tytler's alleged role in the case was re-investigated by the CBI after the magistrate court had in December 2007 refused to accept its closure report.

The CBI again gave a clean chit to Tytler on April 2, 2009, claiming lack of evidence against him in the case.

On April 27, 2010, the magistrate accepted CBI's closure report in the case against Tytler, saying there was no evidence to put him on trial.

The CBI had claimed that at the time of the incident, Tytler was at Teen Murti Bhawan, where Gandhi's body was kept.

The sessions court had set aside the CBI's closure report giving clean chit to Tytler in the case, which has been challenged by him.


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