Delhi HC likely to hear Tytler’s plea today

The Delhi high court is likely to hear Congress leader Jagdish Tytler’s plea on Friday, which challenges the trial court’s decision to reopen the probe against him in the anti-Sikh riots case.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had given him the clean chit in its closure report, which the trial court had set aside recently and ordered reopening of the investigation.

This is not for the first time that Tytler is facing reopening of the case against him in the 1984 anti-Sikhs riots case.  Earlier in November 2007, the CBI had closed all cases against him due to lack of evidence and submitted the report to a Delhi court.

In December 2007, a witness Jasbir Singh from California appeared in news channels and claimed that the CBI had never contacted him. Subsequently, on December 18, 2007, additional chief metropolitan magistrate of Delhi court Sanjeev Jain, who had earlier dismissed the case against Tytler after the CBI clean chit, asked the agency to reopen the case.

In December 2008, a two-member team visited New York and recorded the statements of Jasbir Singh and Surinder Singh who alleged that they had seen Tytler leading the murderous mob on the fateful day.

However, in March 2009, the CBI filed its final report and again gave him the clean chit. In 2013, the sessions court rejected the CBI report and ordered fresh investigation against Tytler, which he challenged on Thursday.

It may be recalled that the official report of the Nanavati Commission of inquiry in the case had stated that it had found a ‘credible evidence’  against Tytler and that he ‘very probabaly’ had a hand in organising the anti-Sikh attacks. However, the government didn’t prosecute him due to lack of concrete evidence.

Tytler had not been named in the eight earlier inquiry commissions set up to investigate 84 riots. He claims that it was a case of mistaken identity.

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