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1984 anti-Sikh riots: Tytler says witnesses ‘telling lies’

Congress leader Jagdish Tytler, against whom a court has ordered reopening of a case of alleged involvement in 1984 anti-Sikh riots, attacked the witnesses saying they were unreliable and ‘telling lies’.

Claiming that one of the witnesses Surinder Singh has changed his statements five times, he questioned why senior lawyer HS Phoolka ‘forced him’ to write a statement.

‘My name comes back on the basis of the statement made by Surinder Singh and Jasbir Singh. Surinder Singh first gave a statement in English and then gave a written statement in Gurumukhi. I want to know that why Phoolka forced Surinder Singh to write a statement,’ Tytler said.  He also claimed he was not present at the scene of crime and that he was ‘100 per cent open’ for a probe into the carnage.

‘I have produced a footage by Doordarshan which shows that I was present with the body of Mrs Gandhi from 7am to 3 O’clock ... How can I be at two place at the same time,’ he told television channels.    


BJP alleged that the 1984 riots in which Jagdish Tytler is facing charges were ‘sponsored’ by the Congress at the behest of the Gandhi family and sought to know why the ruling party has been silent on the issue for the last 28 years.

The main Opposition also said there are no similarities between the 1984 ‘massacre’ and the 2002 post-Godhra riots and claimed that prompt action was taken by the government in the latter case. ‘We welcome the court decision to reopen the case against Congress leader Jagdish Tytler in the 1984 anti-Sikh massacre.    
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