Court asks CBI to speed up probe into ’84 ri­ots case against Tytler

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - PUNJAB - Press Trust of In­dia

NW DELHI: A Delhi court on Mon­day di­rected the Cen­tral Bu­reau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion (CBI) to ex­pe­dite the in­ves­ti­ga­tion in the 1984 an­ti­sikh ri­ots case al­legedly in­volv­ing Congress leader Jagdish Tytler and file a progress re­port.

The di­rec­tion was passed by the court of ad­di­tional chief metropoli­tan mag­is­trate Amit Arora, af­ter the agency in­formed it that one more month was needed to con­duct a lie-de­tec­tor test on con­tro­ver­sial arms dealer Abhishek Verma, a wit­ness in the case.

The court di­rected the CBI su­per­in­ten­dent of po­lice, who ap­peared be­fore it in pur­suance to its Fe­bru­ary or­der, to speed up the probe and file the progress re­port by May 21, the next date of hear­ing. The case re­lates to the ri­ots at Gur­d­wara Pul­ban­gash in North Delhi where three peo­ple were killed on Novem­ber 1, 1984, a day af­ter the as­sas­si­na­tion of the then PM Indira Gandhi.

Dur­ing the hear­ing, se­nior ad­vo­cate HS Phoolka, ap­pear­ing for the ri­ots vic­tims, said the in­ves­ti­ga­tion was go­ing on since two years and al­leged that the CBI was try­ing to shield Tytler in the case. “It has been two years. A lot of ev­i­dence has been de­stroyed in the case,” Phoolka said. He said the court had or­dered for Verma’s lie-de­tec­tor test in a foren­sic lab in Ro­hini here six months ago and even that was be­ing de­layed. The agency told the court that the poly­graph ma­chine in the lab was not work­ing which is why the test could not be con­ducted.

Verma had ear­lier al­leged be­fore the court that the foren­sic lab here was try­ing to shield Tytler, who has been given clean chit in the case, dur­ing the poly­graph tests car­ried out ear­lier. While Tytler, who has been given a clean chit thrice by the CBI in the ri­ots case, has re­fused to un­dergo the lie-de­tec­tor test.

Jagdish Tytler

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