New Delhi, Nov 21 (UNI) The Supreme Court today stayed till November 28 the criminal proceedings pending in the Ludhiana court against former Union Minister and Lok Sabha Member from Sadar Bazaar constituency in Delhi, Jagdish Tytler, in a defamation case.
An advocate, H S Phoolka, had filed the defamation case against Tytler for making derogatory remarks against the Sikh community, following the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.
Tytler was directed to appear before the Ludhiana court on November 22.
He is seeking transfer of the criminal complaint outside Punjab, on the grounds that his security and safety would be under threat, if he goes to Ludhiana.
A bench comprising Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan and Justice Sathasivam fixed November 28 for hearing of the petition filed by Mr Tytler, who was also one of the accused in the 1984 communal riots, which had rocked the country, following the assassination of Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984 in the wake of Operation Blue Star, in the Golden Temple to flush out the Punjab militants led by Jarnail Singh Bhindrawale.
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