If all goes well for victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh carnage, a Delhi court could re-open a case against Jagdish Tytler on Tuesday that was closed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) after it found "no evidence" against the senior Congress leader.
The Karkardooma court of additional
sessions judge Anuradha Shukla will hear the petition to re-open the case that relates to the killing of three Sikhs on November 1, 1984, at Gurdwara Pul Bangesh under Bara Hindu Rao police station.
Announcing this at a press conference here, senior advocate HS Phoolka said another case would also be heard on Tuesday against Congress leader Sajjan Kumar. It pertained to the killing of five Sikhs in Delhi cantonment in the riots that followed the assassination of then prime minister Indira Gandhi.
The case would be heard in the court of sessions judge J Aryan at Karkardooma court.
Phoolka, who has been fighting a legal battle for the victims for more than two decades now, appealed to the people to build "public opinion and pressure" ahead of the hearings so that justice could be delivered.
He said at least 60 appeals challenging the acquittals in many such cases were pending in the Delhi high court.
He said it would still be a long battle even if the court re-opened the case against Tytler where the CBI had given him a clean chit.
The CBI, Phoolka said, had even failed to record the statements of certain key witnesses in this particular case against Tyler.
"Justice is delayed for which the system is responsible and this system includes the executive, the legislature as well as the judiciary," he said in response to a question.
Phoolka also appealed to the MPs, especially from the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), who had raised the issue time and again during the elections, to highlight the delay in justice to the riot victims.
This case against Tytler was registered in 2005 after the recommendation of the Nanavati Commission of Inquiry.