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Updated: April 28, 2010 01:20 IST

Court approves CBI's clean chit to Tytler

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Congress Leaders Jagdish Tytler and Sajjan Kumar. File photo
Congress Leaders Jagdish Tytler and Sajjan Kumar. File photo

A court here on Tuesday accepted the CBI's report that senior Congress leader Jagdish Tytler played no role in a 1984 anti-Sikh riot near a gurdwara at Pulbangash in north Delhi in the aftermath of the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on October 31 that year.

Last year, the CBI urged the court to permit it to close the case against Mr. Tytler, arguing that the evidence of witnesses — on the basis of whose statements before the Nanavati Commission a case was registered against him and others — was not reliable.

Counsel for Lokender Kaur, wife of one of the three victims of the riot, opposed the CBI report.

Accepting the closure report, Rakesh Pandit, Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, East District Courts, said: “…..the testimony of Jasbir Singh has no relevance to the case before this court, while the testimony of Surender Singh contains a number of self-contradictory averments and different stands, and thus as argued by the CBI and accepted by this court, does not constitute ‘sufficient material' for sending the accused on trial.”

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