`84 riots: CBI told to give witnesses` version copy to victim
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Last Updated: Wednesday, February 24, 2010, 17:49
  
New Delhi: A Delhi court on Wednesday asked CBI to provide a copy of witnesses' statements to a victim in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case allegedly involving former union minister Jagdish Tytler to enable her to file a petition against the clean chit to the Congress leader.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Rakesh Pandit directed the probe agency to furnish a copy of four statements and three different affidavits of witness Surinder Singh and the statement of another witness Jasbir Singh, besides the copy of closure report to widow Lakhwinder Kaur.

The court's order came after Kaur's counsel Rebecca M John and Brinda Grover pointed out that they were not supplied with the documents including the statements of the witnesses.

CBI counsel Sanjay Kumar, who initially tried to oppose the plea of the victim's counsel, readily agreed to provide the copies on the court's direction.

The court, meanwhile, also asked Kaur's counsel to file their protest petition within a week and provide a copy of it to CBI so that the matter could be fixed for arguments.

It fixed the matter relating to the killing of three persons on November one, 1984, near Gurudwara Pulbangash in north Delhi in the aftermath of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's assassination, for further proceedings on March 23.

CBI had on February 10 completed its arguments on the closure report giving clean chit to Tytler on April 2 last claiming lack of sufficient evidence against him and terming the witnesses' statement as "false and concocted".

Surinder (already dead) and Jasbir, residing in California now, had made statements only to implicate Tytler, CBI had alleged.

The Delhi High Court had on February 8 directed the lower courts to wind up the trial of all pending anti-Sikh riots cases, including those related to Congress leaders Sajjan Kumar and Jagdish Tytler, within six months.

The alleged role of Tytler in the case relating to the killing of three persons including Kaur's husband Badal Singh on November one, 1984, near Gurudwara Pulbangash in north Delhi, was re-investigated by CBI after a court had earlier refused to accept a closure report filed by the agency against him in December, 2007.

PTI


First Published: Wednesday, February 24, 2010, 17:49


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