1984 anti-Sikh riots: Delhi HC to hear Jagdish Tytler`s case

The Delhi High Court will hear a case related to the 1984 anti-Sikh riots against Congress leader Jagdish Tytler.

Updated: Sep 18, 2013, 08:32 AM IST

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court will on Wednesday hear a case related to the 1984 anti-Sikh riots against Congress leader Jagdish Tytler.

On July 03, the HC had issued notice to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on an appeal of Congress leader Jagdish Tytler against a trial court order reopening the case against him.

Justice SP Garg, seeking response from the agency, also issued notice to the complainant, Lakhwinder Kaur, and asked her to reply within four weeks. The matter was then posted for September 18.

Justice Garg had also declined to stay the investigation ordered by the trial court against Tytler, saying: "Only investigation was ordered and this court will not stop the investigation."

On April 10, a trial court ordered that the case be reopened against Tytler and also set aside the CBI closure report, which gave the Delhi Congress leader a clean chit on the ground that there was "no evidence" against him.

The trial court`s order came on a plea filed by riot victim Lakhwinder Kaur, who sought a further probe into the killing of three people near Gurdwara Pul Bangash in old Delhi.

Tytler is accused of instigating a mob that led to the murder of three men who had taken shelter at the gurdwara on November 01, 1984.

The mob attack was part of violence against Sikhs after the assassination of then prime minister Indira Gandhi on October 31 that year.

Three men - Badal Singh, Thakur Singh and Gurcharan Singh - were killed near Gurudwara Pul Bangash, allegedly on Tytler`s instigation.

Tytler`s role in the killing of three men was re-investigated by the CBI after a court in December 2007 refused to accept the closure report.

The CBI claimed that Tytler was at Teen Murti House, the residence India`s first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, where Indira Gandhi`s body was kept, at the time of the Pul Bangash incident.

It added that the agency had already re-investigated the case on the order of a trial court, but there was insufficient evidence against Tytler.

Tytler was given a clean chit by the CBI on April 02, 2009.

(With IANS inputs)