A two-member CBI team has arrived in the US to record the statement of Jasbir Singh, a key witness in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots who has alleged that former Union Minister Jagdish Tytler instigated the rioters.
The Indian investigators would record the statement in San Francisco as Jasbir Singh has refused to come to India to testify, saying he feared for his life.
Singh, who is based in California on the west coast, has alleged that former Union Minister Jagdish Tytler played a key role in instigating anti-Sikh rioters in 1984.
Jasbir Singh has filed several affidavits against Tytler, a Congress leader, before various Commissions, saying he was willing to testify before the court provided he and his family's safety was guaranteed.
The CBI team was also expected to record the statement of another witness Jasbinder Singh, who is settled in New York, but officials were tightlipped about it.
"We have sent a team to the US to record the statement of two persons. They do not want to come to India...," CBI Director Ashwini Kumar told reporters in New Delhi on Tuesday.
CBI's move to visit the US marks a U-turn from its earlier position demanding the presence of Singh and other witnesses in India.
The agency, which had on September 29, 2007 filed an affidavit in a court here seeking closure of case against Tytler on the plea that Singh was untraceable, was directed by the court to submit the address of Singh, declared as a crucial witness.