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Reopen case against Tytler, Court tells CBI

The court found fault with the probe by the CBI for not examining available witnesses. The CBI was opposing the plea for further investigation. A magisterial court had accepted the closure report of the CBI and it was challenged by Lakhwinder Kaur, whose husband was killed in the riots.

Additional Sessions Judge Anuradha Shukla Bhardwaj set aside the order of a magisterial court and said, ‘CBI is directed to conduct further investigation in the light of aforesaid facts and to record the statements of witnesses, who it had come to know during the investigation itself, are claiming/shown/named to be the eye witnesses of the incident.’

The court said that CBI had an obligation to record the statement of three US-based persons, whose names were taken by an eye witness. They were also reportedly present at the spot.

HS Phoolka, counsel for the riot victims, told Millennium Post, ‘The prime witness in the riots case had died but three other witnesses are alive in the US. The statements of three eye-witnesses – Resham Singh, Chanchal Singh and Alam Singh – have to be recorded by the CBI. The conspiracy angle has not been probed at all.’ Phoolka had told the court there was material which the CBI ignored and there was evidence against Tytler before the trial court. He said: ‘CBI had time to examine Tytler’s driver who had deposed in his favour, but they didn’t record statement of witnesses who had seen Tytler.’
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