How Tytler got a clean chit

Updated on Oct 05, 2007 03:30 AM IST

Giving a clean chit to former Union minister Jagdish Tytler in the 1984 riots case, the CBI says his name did not come up during probe by the local police, reports Naziya Alvi.

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Hindustan Times | ByNaziya Alvi, New Delhi

Giving a clean chit to former Union minister Jagdish Tytler in the 1984 riots case, the Central Bureau of Investigation has said his name did not come up during probe by the local police. In a report filed before a city court recently, the CBI said, “His name only cropped up in the statements and affidavits of witnesses Surender Singh, Jasbir Singh, Gurbachan Singh and Govind Narain before the Justice Nanavati Commission of Inquiry”.

The report goes on to explain as to how the statement of each of these witnesses could not prove Tytler’s guilt in instigating a mob that set afire the Gurduwara Pul Bangash and killed three persons, Sardar Thakur Singh, Badal Singh and Gurcharan Singh on November 1, 1984.

In his first affidavit, Surender Singh alleged that Tytler was leading the mob on the said date and incited the mob to burn the Gurduwara and kill the Sikhs. However, in his second affidavit, dated August 5, 2002, Surender said he has no knowledge as to what had been written in his statement before the Commission. Surender said he had not seen Tytler anywhere in the mob. He had only heard that Tytler and other Congress leaders were part of the mob, but neither did he see anyone nor he recognised anyone. In April 2006, Surender submitted another affidavit, stating that his first affidavit was obtained fraudulently and his second affidavit was correct.

In his affidavit, filed on August 31, 2000, Jasbir Singh had averred that he had overheard Tytler rebuking his men on the night of November 3, 1984, near a hospital “for nominal killing of Sikhs in his constituency”. The CBI has now submitted before the trial court that since Jasbir had gone abroad, he could not be examined.

Gurbachan Singh and Govind Narain did not throw any light on the incident. Another witness, Jasminder, in his affidavit before the Justice Ranganathan Misra Commission in September 1985, had charged Ravi Kumar Kodwani, Titu Aman and Suresh Kumar Panewala with involvement in the incident. Jaswinder could not be examined again. He died in 2000 without naming Tytler or any other Congress leader.

In its chargesheet, the CBI has found evidence of rioting and murder against Suresh Kumar alias Panewala. The agency has appealed to the court to initiate proceedings against Suresh.

On Thursday, Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sanjeev Jain issued notices to the complainant, Ranbir Singh, for appearance before it on November 29 before taking cognizance of the CBI report, filed in the form of a chargesheet.

The Delhi Sikh Gurduwara Committee has also moved an application before the trial court, seeking a copy of the chargesheet that would enable them to file a petition against the “clean chit” given to Tytler. “The case against Tytler has been wrongly closed by the agency,” said H. S. Phulka, counsel for Delhi Sikh Gurduwara Committee.

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