A Delhi-based lawyer has moved the Supreme Court seeking the court’s directions to the CBI to conduct a “fair” investigation in all the cases related to 1984 anti-Sikh riots.
In his petition filed in the Supreme Court on Saturday, advocate Manjit Singh Butalia has requested the court to summon the entire records pertaining to anti-Sikh riots cases, including those related to the accused and the victims. “We have not taken any individual’s name…. If the person is innocent why should his name linger on for 25 years?” Butalia’s counsel Harsh Vir Pratap Sharma said.
The petitioner requested the apex court to put the CBI’s work under the Central Vigilance Committee, which should also supervise the probe agency’s functioning as an independent investigating agency. The petition also demanded that a Public Prosecutor should be appointed after taking suggestions from victims and their families.
Emphasising on the need for speedy investigations and speedy trials, Sharma said the court should direct the CBI to conduct fast track investigations rather than delaying the matter on frivolous grounds.
“We want all the victims to get an opportunity to record their statements and evidence in the court. Why should the victims wait for 25 years for justice?” Sharma said.
Citing the Supreme Court direction in the Zahira Sheikh case (Gujarat riots) to conduct impartial investigations, the petitioner requested the court to pass similar orders in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case, and ensure that the CBI conducted an impartial probe.
The petition also referred to the case involving senior Congress leader Jagdish Tytler, who was given a clean chit by the CBI. The advocate alleged the selective leakage of the Tytler report proves the CBI was not acting in an independent manner.
Tytler hearing deferred
A city court on Tuesday deferred the hearing in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case involving Jagdish Tytler. Responding to a plea of the riot victims and Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee (DSGMC), Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Rakesh Pandit posted the matter for May 23 and sought a reply from the CBI.