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Court seeks CBI reply on closure of Tytler case
Legal Correspondent

New Delhi, October 4
A city court today sought reply from the CBI to an application of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) challenging the agency’s move to close the probe against former union minister Jagdish Tytler in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sanjeev Jain at Karkardoom courts in east Delhi issued a notice to the CBI on the DSGMC’s application and directed it to submit the reply by November 29.

The CBI sought to close the case against Tytler after the main eyewitness Surinder Singh, a head granthi of a gurdwara, resiled from his earlier statement and sworn deposition in an affidavit before the Justice Nanawati Commission.

The agency in its report to the court said Surinder Singh during investigation stated that he did not himself see Tytler and heard it from others. Following this, the CBI decided to drop the probe against him.

Tytler was accused of leading a mob that had killed three Sikhs - Thakur Singh, Badal Singh and Gurcharan Singh - when they had taken shelter at Pulbangash Gurdwara in the Bara Hindu Rao area of west Delhi when Sikhs were being targeted in the aftermath of Indira Gandhi’s assassination. DSGMC counsel H.S. Phoola in an application said Tytler’s role was not confined only to one case but there were allegations against him of involvement in the “conspiracy” to kill Sikhs.

More than 4,000 Sikhs lost their lives in gruesome murders committed during the riots.

“The CBI has not investigated into the conspiracy aspect,” the application said and had only decided to close the case because the agency had stated that it not been able to trace the other witnesses.

“It is no ground to close the case or give a clean chit to the accused,” the DSGMC said, pleading the court to direct the agency to further investigate the case and make sincere efforts to trace the witnesses.

The Sikh body said in the interest of justice, the CBI should not be permitted to close the case without giving opportunity to oppose the closure of the case.

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