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CBI clean chit to Tytler in ’84 riots

The CBI sought the cancellation of the FIR registered against Tytler, and asked the Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Rakesh Pandit to close the investigation.

india Updated: Apr 03, 2009 01:30 IST
Sumit Saxena
Sumit Saxena
Hindustan Times

The CBI gave a clean chit to former Union minister and senior Congress leader Jagdish Tytler in the 1984 anti-Sikhs riots case.

Seeking cancellation of the FIR registered against Tytler, the CBI counsel told Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Rakesh Pandit: “We have filed the cancellation report in the matter and want to close the investigation.”

According to a source in the CBI, while cross-examining Jasbir Singh, a key witness in the case, the investigating officials found that his statement was unreliable. Singh had recorded his statement before the CBI officers in California in the case.

“All the witnesses in the case have altered their statements during the investigations. We could not find any evidence to link Tytler with the killing of Sikhs,” said the source.

H S Phoolka, counsel for Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee, vehemently opposed the final report filed by the CBI.

“The CBI has manipulated the investigations to protect Tytler from criminal proceedings and even provided him a copy before it could be produced in the court,” Phoolka submitted in the court.

Phoolka asserted that he should be allowed to inspect the report as there was no complainant in the case and it was registered on the information of a police inspector.

First Published: Apr 02, 2009 11:03 IST