1984 riots: Court to pass order on CBI’s clean chit to Tytler

1984 riots: Court to pass order on CBI's clean chit to Tytler
1984 riots: Court to pass order on CBI’s clean chit to Tytler

A Delhi court is likely to pass its order tomorrow on CBI’s closure report giving clean chit to Congress leader Jagdish Tytler in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate SPS Laler had reserved its order on October 30 after hearing arguments of counsel for CBI and the riots victim on the issue of whether to accept the closure report.

The riot victims have filed a protest petition against the clean chit given thrice to Tytler by CBI, claiming there was ample evidence to prosecute him and accused the agency of favouring him.

Complainant Lakhvinder Kaur, whose husband Badal Singh was killed in the riots, in her protest petition has challenged the closure report and sought the court’s direction to CBI to investigate the matter further to bring on record available “incriminating evidence” against the accused.

Seeking dismissal of the protest petition of riot victims, CBI had said during its probe, it was established that Tytler “was not involved in the incident of attack which took place at Gurudwara Pulbangash on November 1, 1984”.

The agency had described Tytler as “innocent” and said it cannot “falsely implicate an innocent person” merely on the basis of charged sentiments and to satisfy the ego of some.

Senior advocate H S Phoolka, representing the victims, has also sought court’s direction to CBI to lodge an FIR against Tytler for the offences of influencing witness and hawala transactions.

CBI prosecutor P K Srivastava had argued that arms dealer Abhishek Verma, who was examined as witness by the CBI, was not a “credible witness” and on the basis of his statement, no case of influencing witness and making hawala transactions can be lodged against Tytler.

The main case pertains to riots at Gurudwara Pulbangash in north Delhi where three people were killed on November 1, 1984, a day after the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

CBI had re-investigated the case of killing of Badal Singh, Thakur Singh and Gurcharan Singh near the gurudwara after a court had in December 2007 refused to accept the closure report. Tytler has denied any role in the riots.


( Source – PTI )

One Comment “1984 riots: Court to pass order on CBI’s clean chit to Tytler”

  • D Thorat


    The 1984 riots and killings of our dear Sikh brethren are extremely bad and unforgettable. A good and brave PM of India was assassinated by her bodyguards who happened to be Sikhs. The assassins themselves had not hatched the conspiracy but there were other anti-national elements who did that. But the entire country had reacted sharply – not only in Delhi. But, the killing of the Sikh people was bad and unforgivable. What, however, was worse is that some Congress leaders are charged to have instigated their cadres to attack Sikhs. That act needs to be certainly punished. However, that was not a pre-planned, hatched plot because the Congress had not known that the PM would be killed. That killing was not the same as what happened in Gujarat or in other riots. Therefore, it is incorrect to use the `84 riots as an equivalent of Gujarat. The Congress and the entire nation should again sincerely apologize to the Sikh people and make sure that such terrible, inhuman reactions are never resorted by any one or any organization or any party.

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