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Premature to take action against Tytler: Cong

PTI  New Delhi, April 10, 2013
First Published: 21:53 IST(10/4/2013) | Last Updated: 21:54 IST(10/4/2013)

The Congress on Wednesday said it is "premature" for it to take action against Jagdish Tytler till "something conclusive" comes out against the party leader in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case.

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"That is to be examined. We cannot transgress into the court's jurisdiction. If there is something conclusive, we will examine it. It will be premature for us to discuss before that," party spokesperson Renuka Chowdhury told reporters.

Chowdhury's reaction came when reporters asked whether Tytler, who is AICC in-charge of party affairs in Odisha, would be removed in the wake of a Delhi court order reopening a 1984 anti-Sikhs riots case against him.

When reporters further pressed, she said, "I am not the competent authority. We never ever divert (such issues). We take the bull by the horn (after guilt is established)".

Setting aside a CBI closure report giving the clean chit to Tytler, the court directed the agency to examine eye-witnesses and people claiming to have information about the riots.

Chowdhury spoke on a similar vein when asked whether the party would initiate action against Andhra Pradesh home minister P Sabitha Indra Reddy, who has been named an accused by the CBI in the special court in Hyderabad in the Jagan Mohan Reddy assets case.

"There are no double standards. The matter is being looked into...There is no laxity of action," Chowdhury said when asked about opposition's demands for the resignation of Reddy.

According to reports from Hyderabad, there was a relief for the home minister as the CBI did not issue arrest warrant and chief minister N Kirankumar Reddy prevailed upon her not to take a hasty decision.

Sabitha is the third minister after Mopidevi Venkataramana Rao and Dharmana Prasada Rao to face charges in the assets case.

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