1984 riots: Court`s no to CBI for more time for arguments
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Last Updated: Wednesday, February 10, 2010, 17:58
New Delhi: A Delhi court today refused to give further time to CBI to advance arguments on its closure report giving a clean chit to former Union Minister Jagdish Tytler in view of a recent directive of the High Court to wind up trial in all 1984 anti-Sikh riots cases within six months.

"The court does not have much time. It is a straight-jacket situation," Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Rakesh Pandit said.

The court's remarks were made when one of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots victim's counsel as well as CBI prosecutor referred to the order of the High Court on February eight directing for conclusion of trials in all pending cases within six months.

CBI prosecutor Sanjay Kumar, who submitted that the probe agency had still not completed even one fourth of the arguments, had to wrap up its submissions after the court said that there was no point reiterating contentions already mentioned in the closure report filed on April two last year.

Brinda Grover, counsel for Lakhwinder Kaur whose husband was killed in the riots, interjected during the proceedings to state that the order of the High Court to conclude trial in all riots cases was applicable in this case as well.

CBI counsel, in view of the court's observation, agreed to conclude the arguments by terming statements of Surinder Singh and Jasbir Singh, two witnesses, as "false and concocted".

The court, meanwhile, allowed Grover to file a protest petition in the matter and posted the matter for February 23.


First Published: Wednesday, February 10, 2010, 17:58

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