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Sikh riots: CBI submits final report !

Sikh riots: CBI submits final report in Tytler case

NEW DELHI: The CBI on Saturday submitted its final investigation report in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case against Congress leader Jagdish Tytler.
The report, which was submitted in a sealed cover before the court of metropolitan magistrate Ram Lal Meena at Karkardooma, will come up for hearing on April 2.

Tytler is the Congress candidate from North-East Delhi for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

CBI officials remained tight-lipped about the contents of the report amidst speculation that Tytler may have got clean chit again. "The report is in court and any speculation at this stage is not just wrong but totally uncalled for. The report is an outcome of a probe which has looked at all aspects of the case,'' said a senior official who did not want to be quoted.

The probe agency had on September 29, 2007, sought to close the case against Tytler because of lack of evidence. But the court had on December 19, 2007, asked it to file the investigation report after Jasbir Singh, a California-based witness, surfaced and expressed his willingness to depose against the Congress leader. The final report contains the testimony of Singh who was earlier declared "untraceable''. Besides Singh, CBI also recorded the statements of nine others.

"The report has been submitted in a sealed cover and the matter will come up for hearing on April 2,'' said CBI spokesperson Harsh Bhal. Cries of "hang the culprits'' rent the air outside the court complex as CBI filed its report. The special judge hearing the case was on leave. In the court, H S Phoolka, senior counsel for Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee, strongly opposed the CBI plea that the matter should be put for further hearing after April 20. The metropolitan magistrate, Ram Lal Meena, allowed his plea and fixed the hearing for April 2.

Hundreds of Sikhs gathered outside the Karkardooma courts since the morning and raised slogans against Tytler and other senior Congress leaders like Sajjan Kumar and Kamal Nath for their alleged involvement in the riots. All the three leaders are Congress nominees for different Lok Sabha seats in coming elections. While Tytler's case is still pending, Kumar's acquittal in one case has been appealed against in the Delhi High Court.

The relatives of the riot victims demanded "capital punishment'' for the culprits. Members of the All India Riots Victims Action Committee and other associations demonstrated with placards and banners carrying pictures of the Congress leaders.

The case against Tytler relates to an incident on November 1, 1984, when a mob had set afire Gurudwara Pulbangash killing three persons in the riots that broke out after the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. Singh had told the Nanavati Commission on August 31, 2000, that "he had overheard Tytler rebuking his men on the night of November 3, 1984, for nominal killing of Sikhs in his constitutency.''

SOURCE : Register

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