Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: A court here on Thursday issued notice to the Central Bureau of Investigation on a petition filed by the victims of the 1984 riots seeking further investigation into an anti-Sikh riots case in which Congress leader Jagdish Tytler was named. The CBI had earlier given a clean chit to Mr. Tytler and sought closure of the case for want of evidence.

The petition, moved before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) Sanjeev Jain by the “November 84 Carnage Justice Committee” and the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee, argued that the CBI had not investigated the conspiracy angle in the case.

It also said the CBI should try to trace witness Jasbir Singh who had claimed before the Justice Nanavati Commission that he had seen Mr. Tytler allegedly inciting the mob. Jasbir Singh had also submitted an affidavit in the court claiming the same.

In its closure report, the CBI had said it was not able to trace Jasbir Singh as he was living aboard.

Apart from Jasbir Singh, two other persons had filed affidavits saying they had seen Mr. Tytler inciting the mob. One of them had retracted the statement later.

The incident took place on November 1, 1984, in an East Delhi locality where a mob set afire a gurdwara leaving two persons dead.

After hearing the petition, the ACMM asked the CBI to respond on November 29.