Victims waiting for justice feel cheated
Victims and kin of the 1984 Delhi riots erupted in protest outside the trial court where the CBI made public its decision to give a clean chit to former Union minister and senior Congress leader Jagdish Tytler on Thursday, Sumit Saxena reports.delhi Updated: Apr 03, 2009 02:41 IST
Victims and kin of the 1984 Delhi riots erupted in protest outside the trial court where the CBI made public its decision to give a clean chit to former Union minister and senior Congress leader Jagdish Tytler on Thursday.
Kulwinder Kaur, who lost her husband Badal Singh in the riots, said: “Even 25 years after my husband’s death, his killers are free.”
H S Phoolka, counsel for the riot victims, said since 1984 Tytler’s name had always surfaced during investigations.
“Tytler’s name appeared in the guilty report submitted in the last week of November 1984. A case was also registered against him in 1993 on the directions of the Nirula Committee” he alleged.
“My husband and 12 other family members were killed in the riots and we are still waiting for justice. The CBI is hand-in-glove with Tytler,” Darshan Kaur, a riot victim, alleged.
“The CBI acted shamelessly to save the former Union minister. But we will approach a higher court for our self-respect. The present government should not help the man who hurt the sentiments of so many people,” said Rajiv Babar, another victim.
The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) alleged that the CBI has been “misused” by the Congress. “The influence of the Centre on the 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 said.