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Delhi court seeks address of key witness

This move by the Delhi court is likely to go against former Union minister Jagdish Tytler, reports Naziya Alvi.

india Updated: Nov 29, 2007 23:17 IST
Naziya Alvi

A city court on Thursday sought the address of Jasbir Singh, a key witness in the 1984 riots case, for possible recording of his testimony. The move is likely to go against former Union minister Jagdish Tytler.



The CBI, which recently filed a closure report in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case against Tytler, had declared Jasbir Singh as “untraceable”.



Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sanjiv Jain asked senior counsel H.S. Phoolka, representing the Delhi Gurdwara Management Committee, to furnish Jasbir’s address to the court by December 6, the next date of hearing.



The

Hindustan Times

had tracked down Jasbir and published his interview on October 5. The paper has also published his recent affidavit in which he accuses Tytler of inciting the mob against Sikhs during the riots that broke out in the Capital in the aftermath of the assassination of Indira Gandhi.



During the proceedings, Jain questioned the

HT

reporter’s presence in the court and restrained her from taking notes.



The CBI has told the court Jasbir is untraceable and that the agency sought closure of the case after taking into account “all aspects, including the conspiracy angle”. It objected to the demand of the Gurudwara committee asking for a copy of the chargesheet, saying the committee did not have any locus standi in the case.



However, Sucha Singh, in whose house Jasbir claimed to have stayed during the riots, has released a press statement saying: “There is no such person as Jasbir Singh who stayed at his home during the riots.” Sucha claimed to have filed an affidavit before the Nanavati Commission declaring the same.



Speaking to HT on the phone from the US, Jasbir maintained that he is willing to depose before the court if given police protection.