Jasbir seeks to avoid CBI notice in 1984 riots case

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{image-1984 riots_11012008.jpg www.oneindia.com}New Delhi, Jan 11 Jasbir Singh, the main witness against former Union Minister Jagdish Tytler, accused in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case, has approached the Delhi High Court saying he cannot reach Delhi by January 8 and the CBI should withdraw the notice sent to him.

Mr Singh, who is staying in the US, stated in his application that he wanted to depose as a witness against Mr Tytler but before coming to India, he has to undergo many formalities. His lawyer Sharat Kapoor told the court that the CBI was not cooperating with his client and issued him a notice under section 160 of the CrPc stating that he should reach Delhi by January 8.

Mr Kapoor said the CBI could cross-examine his client through video conferencing but has sent the notice without giving sufficient time.

He requested the court to quash the notice. The CBI has also not mentioned anything with regard to the costs of travelling to India, he said.

The CBI had earlier sought closure of the case against Mr Tytler on the grounds that Mr Singh as the main witness, left India and was not traceable. In the chargesheet filed by the CBI aginst one Suresh Panewala in the riots case, Mr Singh was mentioned as the main witness. Though his address in the US was mentioned in the chargesheet, the CBI said it could not trace him and sought to drop the proceedings against Mr Tytler.

Mr Kapoor said the CBI was being harsh with Mr Singh and was treating him as if he was an accused. The witness had to be handled with utmost care and provided security once he arrives to India, Mr Kapoor said.

UNI

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