The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Wednesday accused the Modi government of shielding Congress leader Jagdish Tytler, the prime accused in the 1984 anti-Sikh massacre case, saying the CBI once again failed to submit its progress report on the investigation in the case.
“The CBI once again tried to protect Tytler by not filing the status report in the Karkardooma court in Delhi on February 2. This is the third time that the CBI tried to give a clean chit to Tytler. Earlier, on two occasions, the court had rejected the clean chit by the CBI and directed investigation,” AAP leader and senior Supreme Court lawyer HS Phoolka said in a statement here.
The court on Tuesday took a serious note of this and directed the CBI superintendent of police to appear in the court on February 22, the next date of hearing, for an explanation, Phoolka said.
In this context, Phoolka, along with AAP MP Bhagwant Mann, said Union minister for food processing industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal of the Shiromani Akali Dal had no right to continue in the Modi government.
Phoolka said the CBI, with a view to saving Tytler, on February 2, discreetly and surreptitiously filed the closure report in the court and did not even inform the victim or the media. Phoolka said he got the information from a source, appeared in the court, argued the matter and got the closure report rejected.
He said the order of judge SPS Laler of the Karkardooma court on December 4 last year clearly showed that the earlier clean chits were wrongly given to Tytler. “Infuriated at the illegal action of the CBI, the court had directed that it would monitor the investigation, besides directing the CBI to submit the status report on the progress of investigation against Tytler on February 2,” he said.
On Tuesday, the CBI neither filed the status report nor was any officer present before the court to inform it about the progress in investigation. Phoolka argued before the court that the CBI was continuing to shield Tytler and its recent conduct showed that it had no respect for the judicial orders.
“It appears that the CBI did not file the status report intentionally as it wanted to avoid the present judge, who had rejected their clean chit and passed a strong order against the CBI on December 4 last year. Now, judge SPS Laler was being transferred and was likely to hand over the charge next week,” Phoolka added.