’84 riots: No proof against Tytler
The Congress' decision to re-nominate Jagdish Tytler for Lok Sabha ticket may have invited sharp criticism from Sikh groups, but the CBI doesn’t seem to have found “adequate evidence” to prosecute him in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case. Manish Tiwari and Sumit Saxena report.india Updated: Mar 29, 2009 01:08 IST
The Congress' decision to re-nominate Jagdish Tytler for Lok Sabha ticket may have invited sharp criticism from Sikh groups, but the CBI doesn’t seem to have found “adequate evidence” to prosecute him in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case.
Even as the CBI submitted its final report, based on the examination of 10 witnesses, to Metropolitan Magistrate Ram Lal Meena at Karkardooma courts in New Delhi on Saturday, sources said the evidence is not credible enough to prosecute the former Union minister. The court would take up the case again on April 2.
Tytler is accused of inciting a mob to attack Sikhs in Delhi following the assassination of Indira Gandhi in 1984.
The CBI had recorded the statements of the California-based Jasbir Singh and Surinder Singh — considered key witnesses — in December 2008. After analysing the statements, the investigating agency said it hadn’t found anything strong enough to make a fool-proof case against Tytler, much to the displeasure of the BJP.
BJP spokesman Prakash Javadekar said such a clean chit ahead of the elections could only lead to the conclusion that the CBI has been misused.
In September 2007, the CBI had filed a closure report regarding Tytler's role in the 1984 riots, as Jasbir Singh could not be traced and the other witness — Surinder Singh — did not want to record his statements. But the CBI resumed the probe after the Nanavati Commission indicted Tytler.
First Published: Mar 29, 2009 01:05 IST