The case involves killing of three in anti-Sikh riots
The CBI on Wednesday opposed the plea by a victim of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots seeking further probe into the killing of three persons at Gurdwara Pul Bangash in which the agency had given a clean chit to Congress leader Jagdish Tytler.
The CBI prosecutor told Additional Sessions Judge Anuradha Shukla Bhardwaj that Lakhwinder Kaur, whose husband Badal Singh was killed in the riots, had no “locus standi” to intervene in the case. Ms. Kaur had filed the protest petition against the clean chit to Mr. Tytler.
The prosecutor said: “She has no locus standi as she was neither a complainant nor a witness or an informant in the main case. The petition is not maintainable and should be dismissed.” The prosecutor also cited several judicial precedents in which petitions by “third parties” were rejected.
However, the prosecutor had to restrict his arguments without being able to enter into the merits of the CBI clean chit to Mr. Tytler as senior advocate H. S. Phoolka, counsel for Lakhwinder Kaur, could not reach the courtroom due to the lawyers’ strike at Karkardooma Court complex.
The matter has now been put up for April 4. Earlier, the Judge had warned the CBI that if it does not begin its arguments on the next date of hearing, she would pass the order on the petition on the basis of available evidence.
Meanwhile, the riots victims gathered outside the court complex and shouted slogans demanding justice and seeking prosecution of Mr. Tytler and strict punishment for another Congress leader, Sajjan Kumar, who is facing trial in an anti-Sikh riots case in the Delhi Cantonment area.