Tytler plea to transfer case outside Punjab dismissed

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Chandigarh, Aug 8 (UNI) Punjab and Haryana High Court Justice Sham Sunder today dismissed the plea of former union minister Jagdish Tytler seeking directions to transfer the case of defamation against him from a Ludhiana court to outside Punjab, preferably at Gurgaon.

Tytler who has a Z plus security cover since 1984 due to his alleged involvement in anti-Sikh riots in Delhi in the wake of assassination of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, has cited persistent threat to his life and security as the main reason for seeking the transfer of the case.

The case has been filed by senior advocate Harvinder Singh Phoolka alleging Tytler used derogatory expressions against him besides holding out threats to his life when the two had taken part in a debate telecast live by hosts NDTV channel in 2004.

Phoolka's counsel Navkiran Singh had submitted to the court that an accused cannot choose a court of his convenience and allowing such a concession to him would send wrong signals to all those who wish criminal cases transferred to places of their choice.

The case is due to come up for further hearing at Ludhiana tomorrow.


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