1984 riots: CBI seeks Jasbir's presence in India

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New Delhi, Mar 12 (UNI) The CBI submitted before the Delhi High Court today that the key witness in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case against former Union Minister Jagdish Tytler, Jasbir Singh, should be brought to India as testifying through video conferencing would not bring out the truth.

Arguing before Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul today, the CBI counsel submitted the reasons for bringing Jasbir Singh to India.

''Testifying through video-conference can't bring out the truth,'' he argued.

''It can be best done by confronting Jasbir with other investigated material on record,'' the CBI counsel submitted.

He further submitted that Jasbir Singh would have to specify where exactly did he overhear the main accused and former Union Minister Jagdish Tytler, instigating mobs to lynch Sikhs during the pogrom following Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's assassination.

Jasbir Singh, who lives in California, US, through his counsel last month moved a petition in the High Court accusing the CBI of following a wrong procedure to summon him.

Living in California in US, Jasbir Singh had claimed to have overheard the former Congress Minister instigating a rampaging mob to kill the Sikhs. However, fearing for his life, he had expressed his willingness to testify through video-conferencing.

Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul adjourned the hearing till August 26.

However, the court's interim order directing the CBI not to file any closure report in the case will continue to be in force.

The court had on December 18 ordered CBI to reinvestigate the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case, rejecting its closure report, after the witness surfaced in the United States and expressed his willingness to record his statement against Tytler.

The CBI had on September 29 sought to close the case against Tytler, declaring Singh, presently settled in California, as untraced.

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