Plea to prosecute Tytler for threat to lawyer

New Delhi: A Delhi court has sought response from Congress leader Jagdish Tytler on a plea by a lawyer fighting for the 1984 anti-Sikh riots victims that the former Union Minister should be prosecuted for criminal intimidation for allegedly threatening to "liquidate" him on a TV show.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) Amit Bansal issued notice to Tytler to sumit his reply on July 12 to the plea of senior counsel HS Phoolka.

The court was hearing a defamation case filed by Phoolka who had alleged that Tytler had made derogatory remark against him in a TV programme aired on a news channel on September 7, 2004.

"The allegations in the complaint as well as statements of the witnesses at the pre-summoning stage discloses the offence committed by the accused (Tytler) under section 506 Part II (criminal intimidation) of the IPC, as well, accordingly the present case (of defamation) should be tried in accordance of the procedure for trial of the warrant cases," Phoolka, in his application filed through advocate Jasmeet Singh, said.

Section 506 (II) of the IPC attracts a punishment of up to seven years in jail.