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’84 Riots
CBI gives clean chit to Tytler
Legal Correspondent

New Delhi, April 2
The CBI today gave a clean chit to Jagdish Tytler, Congress candidate for the North-east Delhi Lok Sabha seat, by “recommending no action” against him in a 1984 riots case relating to an arson attempt at a gurdwara here.

An “analysis of all evidence on record revealed that the statements of (two witnesses) Jasbir Singh and Surender Singh were inconsistent, unreliable and unworthy of credit. The other witnesses had categorically refuted the claims” of these two, the CBI said in its final report to the Karkaradooma Court here.

Surender and Jasbir had filed their affidavits before the Justice Nanavati Commission. Surender had alleged on January 12/15, 2002 that Tytler was “leading the mob on November 1, 1984, and he incited the mob to burn the gurdwara and kill the Sikhs.” However, he retracted from this statement on August 5, 2002, before the commission, pleading ignorance about the affidavit.

The FIR (No. 316/84) had been registered on November 1, 1984, at the Bara Hindu Rao Police Station here. The CBI had filed a chargesheet against one Suresh Kumar, alias Panewala, in this case on September 29, 2007.

Jasbir had filed an application expressing his willingness to depose against Tytler, upon which a trial court magistrate ordered further investigation. However, he could not be examined as he had left for the United States and his family members did not disclose his whereabouts, the CBI said in its report. Surender was re-examined at Chandigarh on February 21, 2008, after which he also left for the US.

Further, the other evidence that came up on record during the investigations to verify and corroborate their statements “disclosed a number of inconsistencies and contradictions” in the details given by the two.

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