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Updated: February 10, 2010 16:40 IST

CBI reiterates clean chit to Tytler

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In this file photo Congress leader Jagdish Tytler comes out of the Patiala House Court in New Delhi.
The Hindu In this file photo Congress leader Jagdish Tytler comes out of the Patiala House Court in New Delhi.

The CBI on Wednesday concluded its arguments before a Delhi court by supporting its closure report giving a clean chit to former Union Minister Jagdish Tytler in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case and witness’ statements as “false and concocted.”

“The version of (witness) Jasbir Singh is absolutely false and concocted. He has made statements with an intention to falsely implicate Tytler,” CBI Prosecutor Sanjay Kumar submitted before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Rakesh Pandit.

The CBI counsel submitted that they have examined the father, brother and son of Surender Singh, another witness and they all have said that he was not giving correct statements.

Mr. Sanjay Kumar also referred to the statement of Mr. Jasbir Singh in which he claimed to have seen Mr. Tytler in an Ambassador car.

The CBI counsel said that the former Union Minister possessed no such vehicle at that time.

The statement of Mr. Jasbir Singh that he had been given shelter by Succha Singh was termed false by the CBI counsel who said that the witness had denied knowing him before the probe agency.

The CBI concluded its arguments before the court which asked the victim’s counsel to file a protest petition in the matter and posted the matter for February 23.

The Delhi High Court had on February 8 directed the lower court to complete the trial of all pending anti-Sikh riots cases, including those related to Congress leaders Sajjan Kumar and Mr. Tytler, within six months. The CBI had on December 1, 2009 cited statements by an eye-witness Surinder Singh to a local court in an attempt to justify its closure report in the case against the former minister. Surinder Singh died on July 13, 2009.

CBI had also read out statements of Surinder Singh’s relatives and other witnesses like Harinder, Harbhajan, Kuljeet Singh Duggal to reiterate its stand that Mr. Tytler was not among the rioting mob surrounding Gurudwara Pulbangash in north Delhi after the assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

The probe agency had earlier produced a CD before the court to claim that Mr. Tytler was present at the residence of Indira Gandhi and not at the riot site.

CBI had on April 2 sought to close the case against Mr. Tytler claiming lack of sufficient evidence against him.

The alleged role of Mr. Tytler in a case relating to the killing of three persons on November 1, 1984, in the aftermath of indira Gandhi’s assassination, was re-investigated by CBI after a court had earlier refused to accept a closure report filed by the agency against him in December 2007.

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