The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener and Delhi chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal, lashed out at Central government for “delaying justice” to the victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.
In what seemed to be a first ‘selfie video’ post of Kejriwal, he said November 1 reminded of the riots. “It has been 32 years, still there is no justice in sight for the victims. Congress remained in power for many years, but one couldn’t expect justice from it because its leaders were the ones who got it done. But, now, I have been told that the CBI, which works directly under the Centre, is also shielding the accused,” he said.
He said Captain Amarinder Singh gave a clean chit to Jagdish Tytler three years ago and even the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) did not seem bothered. “The SAD is in alliance with the BJP and yet they have not been able to get justice,” he said.
After appearing before a local court here on Tuesday in connection with the defamation case filed by the Punjab minister Bikram Singh Majithia, Kejriwal said, “We had learnt about the protection being given by the BJP to the accused on the last hearing in a case against Jagdish Tytler. A witness ready to give evidences against Tytler notwithstanding, the CBI is not taking any action against him,” he said.
“During our previous government that lasted for 49 days in Delhi, we constituted a special investigation team (SIT) to ensure justice for the victims. Two days before I took oath as the CM for second time on February 14 in 2015, the Centre constituted a SIT apprehending that I will do so,” he said.
Writes to PM seeking re-probe
Kejriwal said he has also written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in this regard. Releasing the letter to the media in Chandigarh, AAP leader Jarnail Singh said the Delhi CM had asked Modi to reinvestigate the cases in the next three months or let AAP government do it. “AAP will hold a daylong hunger strike on Thursday at Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar in support of the victims of 1984 riots,” said Jarnail, adding that close aide of Tytler had admitted that to prevent a witness from deposing against the Congress leader, he (witness) was sent to Canada through his company and given $50,000.
Dares Majithia to get him arrested
The Delhi chief minister dared Majithia to get him arrested. “Only three months are left for formation of the AAP government in Punjab. If he (Majithia) does not get me arrested, I will get him arrested after three months,” he said.
The exchange of arguments in the defamation case was on when the report was filed. Hundreds of AAP workers had gathered on the court premises to support Kejriwal. However, the AAP convener left without addressing them due to lack of time.
AAP demands CBI probe into relief disbursal
Addressing a press conference in Chandigarh, Jarnail Singh said the party has received complaints of irregularities in the disbursement of compensation to the riot victims by the state government. He alleged that the allotment of houses to the victims in Ludhiana, too, was not done properly. He demanded a CBI inquiry to bring out the truth.