The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) told a Delhi court on Tuesday that it needed at least four months to complete its probe into a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case, in which Congress leader Jagdish Tytler was earlier given a clean chit.
The probe agency made the submission before additional chief metropolitan magistrate Shivali Sharma who directed it to expedite the investigation and file a final report.
“You (CBI) file a final report. Tell me how much more time you want to complete the probe. It’s an endless process. You file a final report and I will consider it. Expedite the probe and also give me the timeframe,” the magistrate said.
CBI officials said they were waiting for response of some agencies, which will take time and sought four more months to complete the probe, after which the court fixed the matter for February 16.
The CBI superintendent of police, who is supervising the investigation, told the court an official recently spoke to Narinder Singh, son of a prime witness, against Tytler in Canada, but he refused to join the probe. CBI prosecutor NK Srivastava also said the agency was not hiding anything and has disclosed all facts to the court.
The investigation agency had earlier claimed they had made all possible efforts to trace Narinder, but he could not be contacted as nobody was picking up his mobile phone when called. However, senior advocate HS Phoolka, who represents the riot victims, had alleged that the CBI was shielding Tytler by giving him clean chit thrice in the case and added that he was ready to provide all assistance to the agency in completing the probe.
The court, however, refused to direct the CBI to give such letter written by it to other authorities to the counsel and said it cannot provide copies of letters to them at this stage.
The case pertains to riots at Gurdwara Pulbangash in North Delhi where three people were killed on November 1, 1984, a day after the assassination of then PM Indira Gandhi.
The CBI had re-investigated the case of killing of Badal Singh, Thakur Singh and Gurcharan Singh near the gurdwara after a court in December 2007 refused to accept its closure report.