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Will study order to decide future course of action: CBI

CBI, whose clean chit to Congress leader Jagdish Tytler in a 1984 anti-Sikh riot case was rejected by a court here, said on Wednesday it will study the verdict before deciding the course of action.

CBI spokesperson Dharini Mishra said the agency will study the orders of the court and decide on future course of action.

Agency sources, meanwhile, maintained that they had sent a team to record the statement of the witness based in the United States of America but his statements were not found to have any evidential value.

They said the witness had given them three more names who had claimed to have the information of Tytler’s alleged role in the anti-Sikh riots which shook the city after the assasination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on 31 October, 1984 by her Sikh bodyguards.

The sources claimed the persons named by the US-based witness were not found to be genuine.

Asked about the future course of action by the agency, they said it would depend on the directive issued by the court and CBI is ready to probe again if the orders are for examination of only two-three witnesses.

CBI had filed closure report in the case saying the probe has made it clear that Tytler was not present on 1 November, 1984 at Gurudwara Pulbangash in North Delhi where three people were killed during the riots. Additional Sessions Judge Anuradha Shukla Bhardwaj on Wednesday set aside the order of a magisterial court which accepted CBI’s closure report.


A district court on Wednesday rejected the Central Bureau of Investigation’s (CBI) closure report in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots and ordered reopening the case.

‘I died the day my husband was killed in the riots,’ said Lakhwinder Kaur, one of the victims on whose petition a Delhi court ordered reopening of a case against Delhi Congress leader Jagdish Tytler related to the anti-Sikh riots in the city. ‘In our 28 years long fight for justice, we could not get any positive decision in our favour, but the district court’s order to reopen the case is like a ray of hope and happiness for us,’ Lakhwinder Kaur said.


BJP on Wednesday welcomed the court decision to re-open the case regarding the alleged involvement of Congress leader Jagdish Tytler in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots and claimed the ruling party’s attempt to cover-up the case through ‘misuse’ of CBI has failed.

‘BJP welcomes this court decision...In a long awaited order, the court has on Wednesday said the case against Tytler should be reopened. After 28 years, the sin committed by Congress operatives will be exposed. This was clearly a Congress sponsored massacre of Sikhs and there had not been a single conviction,’ party spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman told reporters.

She alleged that the ‘one-sided massacre’ had continued for five days in the national capital and even longer in some other parts of the country.

BJP also alleged that this ‘sponsored massacre’ took inspiration from former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi who had said after Indira Gandhi’s death that ‘when a big tree falls the earth shakes’.

‘No relief has been given to the Sikhs. We will probably see the process start now,’ Sitharaman said. BJP maintained that Congress has remained silent all along on the involvement of its leaders and the government’s inaction but cannot afford to do so now. The party said the police and army personnel had not reached on time during the riots.

The BJP charged that the Congress had ‘misused’ the CBI, ‘whose credibility has already eroded’, to cover-up the case against Tytler but failed.
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