Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: A court here on Tuesday rejected the CBI closure report in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case against Congress leader Jagdish Tytler and directed the agency to further investigate the case.

Additional chief metropolitan magistrate Sanjeev Jain directed the Central Bureau of Investigation to file a report on January 16 next.

The court was hearing a petition by the “November-84 Carnage Justice Committee,” which alleged that the CBI had not probed the conspiracy angle properly.

In September, the CBI filed the closure report saying it could not find any evidence against Mr. Tytler and that a witness in the case, Jasbir Singh, was untraceable.

With counsel for the riot victims filing the petition, the court issued notice to the CBI on October 4.

Subsequently, Mr. Singh, through his counsel, told the court that he was ready to testify, and also furnished his U.S. address and contact numbers.

However, Mr. Singh expressed his inability to come to India.

But the CBI said it wanted him to be physically present in the court for recording his statement and cross-examination.

Three killed

The case against Mr. Tytler, in which the CBI sought to give him a clean chit, was registered in 2005 in connection with the killing of three persons of a Sikh family by a mob in North Delhi on November 1, 1984. It is alleged that he Mr. Tytler incited the mob.

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