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1984 anti-Sikh riots witnesses unreliable: CBI

delhi Updated: Sep 24, 2009 00:00 IST
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CBI on Wednesday told a court on Wednesday said witnesses who deposed against former Union minister Jagdish Tytler for his alleged role in a 1984 anti-Sikh riot case are unreliable and made false statements to implicate him.

“During investigation, only two persons came forward to depose against Tytler and both Surinder and Jasbir Singh are unreliable. They have made false statements to implicate Tytler,” contended Additional Public Prosecutor Sanjay Kumar before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Rakesh Pandit.

Kumar further said Surinder, who died recently, gave contradictory versions of the 1984 incident allegedly involving Tytler.

“In his first affidavit on January 12, 2002, before Nanavati Commission, the witness Surinder Singh had said the mob of nearly 1,000 people led by Tytler had attacked Gurudwara Pulbangash killing Thakur Singh and Badal Singh. While in an affidavit on August 5, 2002, he had denied any role of Tytler and said he had signed the earlier affidavit without knowing its contents,” the CBI contended.

The court also went through the audio-visual evidence placed before it by the CBI, purportedly showing that Tytler was with the dead body of former prime minister Indira Gandhi at the time of the incident.

Earlier, the court had rejected the CBI’s plea, which questioned its jurisdiction to decide on its probe report giving a clean chit to Tytler.

The court after hearing CBI counsel posted the case for further hearing on October 31 when the probe agency will further argue on the version given by another witness Jasbir Singh.