Congress leader Jagdish Tytler on Thursday told a Delhi court that there was no legally admissible evidence to frame charges against him in a defamation complaint filed by a senior advocate representing the victims in the 1984 anti-Sikh riot cases.
Tytler’s counsel argued that the complaint was filed by senior counsel HS Phoolka regarding the alleged defamatory statements made against him by the Congress leader in a TV news programme aired on September 7, 2004 and there was a long and “inordinate delay” in the proceedings of this matter.
Additional chief metropolitan magistrate Gaurav Rao renotified the matter for further arguments on January 24, after Tytler’s counsel submitted that the primary evidence filed by the complainant was based on a video cassette, which is electronic evidence, but it could not be filed in the court with proper certificate, as mandated by law.
Phoolka’s counsel, however, countered his submissions contending that the complaint, statement of the complainant and other witnesses corroborating it were enough to frame charges against Tytler.
In his complaint filed in 2006, Phoolka had alleged that Tytler had levelled “false and derogatory” allegations against him to harm his reputation.