The CBI told a city court on Thursday that it has finally been able to locate Jasbir Singh, the key witness in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case in which former Union minister Jagdish Tytler is accused of inciting a mob.
The investigating agency’s submission came a month
after Hindustan Times traced Jasbir to the US — the first media organisation to do so — and reported that he was willing to give his account to the court provided his security was taken care of.
In October, the CBI had sought from the court closure of the case , saying Jasbir was untraceable and other witnesses said nothing against Tytler. In its latest submission, the agency also told the court that it had spoken to Jasbir, who lives in California, on phone.
Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sanjeev Jain asked the CBI to inform it by December 18 if Jasbir could be examined through video conferencing. He also asked if Jasbir’s security can be ensured.
Giving Jasbir’s address, his counsel Navkiran Singh told the court the identity could be verified at the Indian embassy and his statement recorded through video conferencing.