Tytler Case: Delhi Court Defers Hearing

A Delhi court on Tuesday deferred the hearing in a case relating to the 1984 anti-Sikh violence here in which Congress leader and former union minister Jagdish Tytler is an accused, after a group of victims pleaded to be heard.

In an application on behalf of the Victims’ Association and Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee in the court of Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Rakesh Pandit, they group asked the court to clarify its locus standi in the case and then hear the arguments.

Filing the application through senior advocate HS Phoolka, the Victims’ Association also pleaded that the deputy inspector general and the joint director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) should also be summoned for clarifying the basis on which a ‘clean chit’ was issued to Tytler.

Lakhwinder Kaur, widow of riot victim Badal Singh, pleaded before the court that she should be given a copy of a closure report of investigations against Tytler.

The court will now consider the two applications on May 23.

The CBI April 9 filed a closure report giving clean chit to Tytler, who is accused of having inciting mobs to attack Sikhs in the aftermath of the assassination of then prime minister Indira Gandhi.

The CBI clean chit to Tytler triggered protests forcing the Congress to drop him as the party LS candidate from Delhi north-east constituency.

A crowd of Sikhs gathered outside the Karkardooma court complex on the day and attempted to break through security barricades erected by the huge police posse present at the venue.

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